Rural Women's Development and Empowernment Project
This project builds on the Tamil Nadu Women’s Development Project, which targeted women exclusively and introduced microfinance schemes as a principal instrument for women’s empowerment. Cofinanced by the World Bank, this project aims to promote women’s economic development, while creating an environment favourable to social change as a way of improving women’s living conditions.
In 35 districts in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh states, IFAD supports project activities that establish self-help groups and improve their access to and control over resources. The project promotes the development of income-generating activities and access to basic financial services, as well as access to health care, education and other services.
05 December 1996
1996 - 2005
Total Project Cost
US$ 53.51 million
US$ 19.21 million
World Bank: International Development Association US$ 19.46 million
Domestic Financing Institutions US$ 8.52 million
National Government US$ 3.41 million
Beneficiaries US$ 2.91 million