Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW) was established in 1983 by the Government of Tamil Nadu with the objective of making women socially and economically empowered and ensuring them education, employment, economic development to become socially equal self-reliant and self-confident.

           The TNCDW, by aggregating the poor women into SHGs, providing them capacity building, forming Community Based organisations (CBOs), facilitating financial linkages, employment opportunities and empowering the women has established the SHG movement a great force to reckon with.

             TNCDW through its multiple interventions over the years has effected a visible change in the life of the poor in Tamil Nadu by facilitating them to move towards the achievement of No poverty and Gender Equality being the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) brought out by the United Nations.   


 TNCDW is implementing the following four important schemes,

 i.      Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission (TNSRLM):

 A scheme for poverty reduction and livelihoods promotion in rural areas funded by Centre and State in the ratio of 60:40.

 ii.    Tamil Nadu Urban Livelihoods Mission (TNULM):

 It is a scheme for the upliftment of urban poor funded by Centre and State in the ratio of 60:40.

 iii.   National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP):

The project is being implemented in 20 rural blocks in 5 Districts and funded by Centre and State in the ratio of 60:40.

 iv.   Amma Two Wheeler Scheme (ATWS):

 Subsidy based Amma Two Wheeler Scheme, fully funded by Government of Tamil Nadu is implemented for the benefit of working women to ease their     commute to their working place.




In the beginning, TNCDW with support of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) implemented Women Development Project by mobilising women involved in agricultural activities into Self Help Groups (SHGs). This project was first started in Dharmapuri district and later extended to Salem, Ramanathapuram, Villupuram and Madurai districts. On its admirable performance, the Government of Tamil Nadu launched Mahalir Thittam (MaThi) and gradually expanded in all districts for the welfare of women.


Under this scheme, SHGs were formed with women members, provided with systematic training, networked through federations and provided bank linkages for taking up income generation activities for their socio-economic empowerment.


        All the projects/programmes related to Poverty alleviation and development implemented by both TNCDW and World Bank are the improved versions of Mahalir Thittam only. 

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