The study focused on gauging the impact of covid on the functioning of SHGs, with a special emphasis on the economic and social wellbeing of the SHG households. Besides, it also covered the coping mechanisms and initiatives taken by the SHGs and their members to deal with covid.
The impact was studied using both quantitative and qualitative methods, with a representative sample of 60 SHGs and 300 members for the quantitative data, and one focus group discussion per 24 SHG for the qualitative data. A before-and-after research design was used to estimate COVID’s impact. However, cross-sectional data were used in certain cases, such as current challenges, coping strategies, and initiatives taken to tackle COVID.
SHGs can play a very vital role in promoting vaccination and covid awareness program in the state. SHGs as a group could also get involved in income generating activities, which might help members in coping with the income loss.