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LURING VISITORS: Collector N. Mathivanan taking a look at the items made by self-help groups on display as part of the International Women's Day celebrations in Salem on Friday. Photo: K.N. Muralidharan
LURING VISITORS: Collector N. Mathivanan taking a look at the items made by self-help groups on display as part of the International Women's Day celebrations in Salem on Friday. Photo: K.N. Muralidharan

Staff Reporter

Rs. 67.72 crore loans extended to groups through banks

SALEM: Self-help group (SHG) members should take up more income generation activities to enhance their socio-economic condition, Collector N. Mathivanan has said.

Participating in the World Women's Day celebrations organised by the Community Services Guild here on Friday, he highlighted the initiatives taken by the government to create self-employment opportunities for women. The district administration had extended loans to the tune of Rs. 67.72 crore through banks to SHGs for starting small business ventures. Training programmes were being conducted to improve the skills of SHG members.

The government departments were providing technical and marketing guidance, he said. The district had more than 14,000 SHGs with over 2.33 lakh members.

This year, the administration had formed more than 100 new SHGs, he added.

Mr. Mathivanan said that the SHG movement had increased the awareness level among the rural women on various issues. Earlier, he visited the exhibition of products manufactured by SHGs. Guild president G.P. Ragini also spoke. Cultural programmes marked the celebrations. SHG members from various parts of the district attended.

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