After training is completed, Stree Shakti women organize themselves into a Self Help Group, an independent entity that helps to organize the artisans into a small business operation which provides management and structure for their work. Each group is taught business and management skills to promote group interdependence. In October 2007, three groupswere formed. Today, Stree Shakti hassix groups: Unnathi (Prosperity), Aastha (Trust), Vishwas (Faith), Jagrati (Enlightment), Sahas (Courage) and Pragati (Development). Women choose to enter a group based on social and creative compatibility.
Groups are organized witha three-member management team: working as a leader, assistant leader and accountant. They are responsible for managing and organizing the group according to the regulations set by a governing body. Stree Shakti provides the working capital free of cost to the women who are paid based on individual production and receive the full benefits of their labor. They are awarded a wage for their production and the remaining balance of the sale. Proceeds, minus the material costs, are divided equally amongst the members at the end of the year as a bonus.
The women also understand the importance of saving. Each group has a bank account that manages a ‘Fund’ from collections made by the women that can permit interest lending. The money helps to provide financial security for the women and is used to provide a loan to a woman in the group if needed for any reason.
Since the women have been organized into Self Help Groups, they have become more responsible about their work and more confident. Through the Self Help Groups, there are more financial benefits that empower the women to perform. They understand the importance of quality and meeting production demands and, therefore, are more regular in attendance and performance.