ASA develops Community Based Organisations (CBOs) with an intent to advance the lives of a group of people.
CBOs comprising groups such as self help groups (SHGs), Users’ groups, Farmer Producer Organizations form the
bedrock of all the programs in ASA. These groups are focused on different activities spanning from savings and
access to credit to livelihoods to other development activities. They perform an essential role in realizing the
various programs facilitated by ASA for securing their livelihoods.
Acknowledging and building on the central role of women in bringing about
development in their communities, 100 percent of the SHGs promoted by ASA
are women SHGs. The SHGs are the fundamental platform for women to team up to
reverse their positions of marginalization at the household and community level to
one that facilitates their evolution in confident individuals taking on greater roles
within their family and community.