UNFPA India Representative Andrea M Wojnar said with the initiative, over six million women will benefit from the initiative.
Unknown to the trade until a couple of years back, they have now become role models for their counterparts in other states.
In Rourkela, work scope for WSHGs have significantly expanded in recent years.
Considering their large-scale presence, the entry of many office-bearers of WSHGs in the poll worked as the trump card given the support they enjoy at ground level.
Office-bearers of the WSHGs are running for key positions at many places in the district
The Anandadhara scheme aims at creating efficient and effective institutional platforms for rural poor, and improving access financial services.
Women Self-Help Groups were first formed in Dharmapuri and later expanded to other parts of the State. He added that now the state has 7.22 lakh WSHGs with 1.06 crore members.