In the beginning, TNCDW with support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) implemented Women Development Project by mobilising women involved in agricultural activities into Self Help Groups (SHGs). This project was first started in Dharmapuri district and later extended to Salem, Ramanathapuram, Villupuram and Madurai districts. On its admirable performance, the Government of Tamil Nadu launched Mahalir Thittam (MaThi) and gradually expanded in all districts for the welfare of women.


Under this scheme, SHGs were formed with women members, provided with systematic training, networked through federations and provided bank linkages for taking up income generation activities for their socio-economic empowerment.


        All the projects/programmes related to Poverty alleviation and development implemented by both TNCDW and World Bank are the improved versions of Mahalir Thittam only. 


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