The Department of Commerce, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University proposes to offer a ‘Certificate Program in microfinance’ through distance education mode in collaboration with a Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) to improve functional abilities of Self Help Group (SHG) members and community resource persons. In order to launch the certificate program, a research on the educational needs of SHG members has been conducted.
Revised version of the paper presented at GUIDE International Workshop Rome, 19-19 March 2010, Rome, Italy. http://www.guideassociation.org. Reprinted with permission.