The present study was conducted in purposively selected Hooghly district in West Bengal with the objective of finding the significance of education of women engaged in self-help groups (SHG). Data collection was done by personal interview with structured schedule applied on randomly selected 164 women who engaged in self help groups.
The most of the respondents under study in the districts of Hooghly were also Hindus by religion. Most of them were married having high school education and used to reside in katcha house. They had nuclear type of family and were dependent on business for source of income. Most of them belonged to schedule caste and schedule tribe having no land at all. Majority of them hold cycle and radio and they thought that additional income can help partially in economic improvement of the family. They consider training as most important of their self-employment. They mostly utilized land for firm to generate income. They also maintain good relation with the other members of the family. They had exposure to SHG for 0-2 years for which they thought that the experience of SGSY was hardly helpful for better employment. They had moderate attitudes towards the co-members of the groups. They have moderately accepted the activities assigned by the groups time to time.
Self help group;Swaranajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY);Women empowerment;Education;Training