A Project for women empowerment and livelihood programme namely Priyadarshni Model SHGs scheme with the support of Women’s Commission, Department of Women and Child Development, Jaipur, Under this programme 10 Self-Help Groups are identified and empower the beneficiaries to address their political, legal, health problem related issues through rigorous capacity building.

CUTS Centre for Human Development has been implementing Priyadarshni modal SHG scheme in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan.


The main objective of this programme is to develop Adarsh (model) SHGs by providing training in all aspects of SHGs i.e. sensitizing about the SHG concept, developing the regular saving habit among the SHG’s members, organizing SHG meetings, maintaining records, developing leadership qualities and ensuring of a minimum Rs.1100 additional income for each SHG member by adoption of income generation activities so that rural women of other areas would adopt the SHG model for sustainable livelihood.

Location & Targeted group

Priyadarshni model SHG project has been implemented in Suwana block of Bhilwara district and 10 model Self-help groups members were trained.

Major Activities:

  • Scheme Orientation Training.

  • Managerial and Leadership Capacity Building

  • Entrepreneurship Development and Awareness Training

  • Income Generating Activity and Quality Up-gradation training

  • Market survey, marketing training and market linkages.

  • Exposure visits to sustain income generation activities.

Project Duration

Priyadarshni model SHG project was completed in duration from 2013- 2014 and new sanctioned project is also implementing for 2015-2016.


  • Self-help groups started regular monthly meetings and created saving habit.

  • Started saving-loan in Self-help groups meetings as well as productive discussion on social issues.

  • Self-help groups maintains book keeping records by own.

  • Self-help groups are being internal loan transactions on a regular basis.

  • 100% loan repayment by Self-help groups in targeted period.

  • Subsequent linkage with the banks to enable them to involve in income generation activities.

  • Self-help groups have been permanently involved in income generation activities.

  • Minimum 60 percent Self-help groups’ members are earning Rs1100 per month..