Between 2000 and 2012 Blossom helped nurture women’s self-help groups (SHG) in partnership with the Tamil Nadu Women’s Development Corporation Ltd, Chennai, as part of Mahalir Thittam. The project ensured rural women’s social and economical prosperity by facilitating the creation of their own revenue streams. One major difficulty faced by women is gaining access to and control of their own money. In order to help them tackle this problem, the project team organised women into SHGs and provided them with Animator & Representative (A&R) training, Entrepreneur Development Programme (EDP) training and Vocational Training Programme (VTP); to provided them with the skills that would ensure their financial independence.
In the 11 years the project ran, 944 SHGs with a combined membership of 14,846, were nurtured. Between them they managed to save US$204,493 and dispersed $1,283,178 in loans.