Why not have Citizens' Committees of professionals to help self-help women groups?The self-help group movement is very active in Tamil Nadu. This was given a fillip by the then Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,Mr. M.K. Stalin of the DMK. Years of experience has helped these groups grow by leaps and bounds.
Be that as it may, in many cases, it has been observed that to scale up a bit and sell their goods or services on a larger scale, these groups need to get the experts to help them. In this connection, in every small town, we have retired judges, lawyers, chartered accountants, senior managers of the big companies and so on. These people can easily chip in with their expert knowledge of various markets and even perhaps give them the right sort of computer training. This will enable the self-help groups to even start the online trade, and this can even be done in the local language. One understands that there are women who sell online through the medium of Tamil to NRIs in the Gulf and Indian-Americans based in the UK and USA. However, these are educated women, with really good educational background and experience.
The expert help from Citizen Committees has to be a voluntary effort. Once the experiment starts, this can be a pan-India experience.
Similarly the highly subsidized Amma or Anna Canteens or whatever, is a superb idea and all individuals and groups that give donations should be given Income*tax benefit to the tune of 100% of the donations made. Of course, the same citizens' committees can also help in mobilising funds for this noble cause as no poor man in the metro or big cities should be hungry. This can prevent big crimes as well.