Women Empowerment


Formation of Female SHGs /JLGs

Women Development Programme is a major programme of BWDA which is implemented in 9 districts of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, by forming SHGs / JLGs and nurturing them with various trainings not only for their family development but also for the total development of the whole community. BWDA SHG formation inculcates savings habit in the members and facilitates credit access through internal savings rotation and bank linkage. BWDA formed 27,015 female SHGs with 4,64,164 women as members and motivated them to save Rs.26553.48 lakhs as Group Savings and rotates Rs.73473.94 lakhs as ‘Internal Rotation’ under its ‘Women Development Programme’ to alleviate poverty and to promote sustainability and holistic empowerment among poor women.

Training & Orientation

BWDA organises various trainings like SHG management training, members orientation, training-cum-exposure, financial literacy, adolescent girls health trainings, general health & sanitation, community sanitation, HIV/AIDS prevention, disaster management, savings & thrift, EDP, REDP, skill trainings, etc. to SHG members, Animators & Representatives and PLF leaders for their sustainable development and empowerment with the support of Rabo Bank Foundation, Cordaid, SIDBI, ISMW, NABARD, Water.org, Childline Programme, RUHSA, TNVHA, etc.

International Women’s Days Celebrations

BWDA celebrates International Women’s Day every year in all branches on March 8th to create awareness on women rights. In the year 2015, more than 20,000 SHG members participated in these celebrations. A thirteen point petition was presented to Mr.M.C.Sambath, Minister of Commercial Tax and Registration, Mr.S.Suresh Kumar, IAS, District Collector, Cuddalore, Mr.R.Ramamurthy, MLA, Vikravandi Constituency stressing the reforms needed for women. The thirteen point demands submitted to the Minister and District Collector.

Animator GetTogether

BWDA organises get to-gether programmes of SHG Animators every year to know, discuss and solve their problems and promote their enthusiasm and thereby strengthen the SHG Movement. In the year 2014-15, BWDA conducted 10 one day programmes in various regions and 15,000 animators and representatives participated in these events.

Marketing Support

BWDA has been conducting various marketing support exhibitions for the sales promotion of SHG products in its adopted areas. BWDA has conducted various trainings and workshops have been imparted to SHG members, leaders and staff to promote marketing of SHGs products with the support of NABARD, Rabo Bank Foundation, Cordaid, Deutsche Bank and SIDBI. BWDA has also promoted an Private Limited Company called “BWDA Mercantile Private Limited” for fair trade to SHGs and other low income households. BWDA has also established producer organisations to support rural producers