Print edition : April 05, 2013

Members of an SHG pose with laptops in Bibinagar village on the outskirts of Hyderabad on March 7, 2013, on the eve of International Women's day. Members of SHGs make small, regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough capital in the group to begin lending, and they use their mobiles and laptops to record financial transactions. SHGs are seen as instruments for a variety of goals, including women's empowerment. Photo: NOAH SEELAM/AFP

At a State Bank of Mysore branch in Bangalore. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has provided Rs.1,000 crore as initial capital for the women's bank he has proposed to establish. Photo: G.R N. SOMASHEKAR

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