About the Book ?Progress of our State Economic Growth cannot be achieved without active participation of our Mothers, Wives, Sisters and Daughters??.?. Dr.M.Rukmani. The present Volume consists of 7 Chapters on "Economic Empowerment of Women: A Study of DWCRA in Chittoor District". This volume will be useful to researchers, activists and policy-makers. Empowerment is simply the ability of direct and control one's own life. ?Now a day?s women play a pivotal role in our Society. Their contribution is invisible and inevitable?. It is an evident fact that the goal of poverty alleviation cannot be achieved without the people participation especially plays a pivotal role to upliftment of all the developmental activities. With this objective the government has place women in the forefront and facilitated the formation of large number of Self-Help Groups. Government is making an effort to assist these SHGs by providing Micro Finance under DWCRA. The DWCRA was initiated as a Sub-scheme of IRDP with UNICEF assistance during 1982-83 in Andhra Pradesh. Under the programme each women takes up economic activities suited to their skills, aptitude and locally available resources.