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Describing two models for the development of informal women’s groups in Orissa and Kerala, India, the author discusses how it is possible to avoid the `top-down management’ and bureaucracy that often contribute to the failure of other schemes. Informal self-help groups in rural areas serve to empower women, and provide a basis for the provision of credit and other support for various production and income-generation activities.

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