Self-help groups can be made export-oriented as wellIn Tamil Nadu, we do have a large number of self-help groups. These are essentially voluntary groups of self-employed women who manufacture pickles or manage small catering establishments or run the small stitching outfits from their homes and so on. each of the women reportedly earn more than Rs 10000 per month and have effectively come out of poverty. There are several children of such families who are highly educated today, and are occupying various good positions in the Corporate sector.
The situation may be the same in other States as well. These self-help groups are not so much affected by Covid, since they operate from residential localities. There is a need to make such self-help groups export-oriented. For example, if they can design good jute bags with good designs, there will always be good demand in the foreign countries. All that we need to do is to identify a good market through personal contacts or through Govt agencies and help them. This is quite possible.