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PGSS was awarded with Certificate of Appreciation for "Innovation in Programming" by IGSSS during the partners meeting held at Guwahati Read More
PGSS won First Prize at National Level competition for the best Annual Report, organized by Caritas India in Bangalore Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) was celebrated on 02nd December 2017 in Gorakhpur. 2792 Children/Persons with Disabilities joined for the celebration. Read More
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Fr Varghese(Director of PGSS) received the State Award on 03/12/17 from Hon’ble Chief Minister of UP Read More
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Self Help Groups (SHGs)

With a view to free the rural community from the clutches of the village money lenders and also to facilitate economic empowerment of the excluded groups, PGSS took up the task of forming self help groups (SHGs). The SHGs stand to create community pool based on micro savings. As a step further, the groups and linked to the banks for financial assistance and provided seed money. The community pool helps the members in getting an easy loan for productive and consumption purposes.

The organisation capacitates the members to begin income generating activities and setup their own micro enterprises. The goal of economic empowerment of the excluded has been finding a reflection through a collective approach of the SHGs through which one can see these rural women saving and earning for raising the economic standard of their families.

At present 1043 SHGs were formed with 13590 members. The group members are using the loan amount for different activities like agriculture, animal husbandry, shop keeping, marriages, medical treatment, house construction, travel, education, etc. The SHGs have been linked with different banks and have been getting financial assistance because of this linkage.

The SHGs have made the easy and soft loans available at the households of the focus people. This has helped them in coming out of the clutches of the village money lenders. Interactions with banks not only helped the SHGs financially, it has also touched upon the social aspects of the members. The enhanced mobility and interactions with the banks has raised their confidence level. Access and control over resources had added to their dignity at family and community level.


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