Building Capacity in Micro Enterprise: A Learning Exchange Promoting Self Help Groups and Micro-enterprise between India and Indonesia
The self- help group movement constitutes a powerful means of economic and social change in developing country contexts including South India. Aims of this group based learning process include the development of micro-enterprises as well as generating grass roots social change Haider (1995). Participants develop the confidence through peer support as well as skills essential to accessing credit from their fellow individual group's member's pooled and banked savings as well as seed funding from non-government organisations to start income generating ventures. This paper examines how the expertise of selected South Indian self-help groups may be possibly extended to communities in North Bali, Indonesia. Such a learning exchange, pending the interests of the communities concerned, could serve as a means of further developing the self-help group movement in Indonesia.
Keywords: Self- help Group, Economic and Social Change, Learning Process, Micro-enterprise
Coordinator Diploma of Community Education, School of International and Community Studies, RMIT University