Role of Women's Cooperative in Empowering Women: A Study in Jharkhand

  • Bhaskar Kumar Kakati Independent Researcher, Hatibat Gaon, Nagabandha, Morigaon, Assam, India
  • Sanjeeb Kakoty Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Keywords: Empowerment, Cooperative, Tribal Society, SDGs, Customary laws


The question of women empowerment consists of numerous nuances. Though the primary perspective continues to be the empowerment of the self, yet the process of self -actualization is largely dependent on a number of other factors including the complex interplay of societal forces and factors. The study of tribal women in the state of Jharkhand, India, provides incisive and rare insights to the process of women empowerment. Studied from the perspective of a women led cooperative society that sought to provide increased income to its members through poultry farming, the study provides a fascinating glimpse to the subsequent changes in the inter personal relationship and self-esteem among the women members.