women’s empowerment and rural development . With the belief that the poor have a strong desire and innate ability to overcome poverty, Ngo Sofia organises poor rural women into community institutions in the form of Self-Help Groups – each consisting of 10-20 women — that act as social platforms to address issues of financial inclusion, healthcare, livelihoods, education and the environment.
women’s empowerment and rural development With a commitment to the poor’s strong desire and innate ability to overcome poverty, Ngo Sofia organises poor rural women into community organisations in the form of Self-Help Groups each with ten to twenty women. SHGs are social platforms to access rights and entitlements, and address issues of financial inclusion, livelihood, healthcare, education, and the environment.
The community institutions work with women to secure their basic rights and entitlements, linking them to existing state and non-state structures and resources,
The Ngo Sofia groups act as a lending platform. Members make small regular savings and within three months the group begins internal lending. Funds are lent to members at times of need or to start livelihood initiatives. After amassing sufficient savings
The community institution model enables poor women to realise their aspirations, abilities, and dignity. The Ngo Sofia groups help women to become self-confident, self-sufficient, and economically independent. Additionally, these platforms actively engage in development and better governance initiatives. By working together, Ngo Sofia members fully internalize concepts like community strength and unity, despite their diverse socio-cultural identities.