SWAYAM SHIKSHAN PRAYOG (SSP) meaning self-education for empowerment came into being in 1989 and was registered as an independent organization in 1998 with a rather multi-faceted history.

Today, it is a facilitating and consulting NGO providing technical support to rural women’s groups recognized by the Government (both state and national) and international agencies, World Bank etc. While the organization is headquartered at Mumbai its operations are managed and implemented at the district level, which is the unit of planning.

In the context of the disaster rehabilitation and later in local development, SSP’s work expanded in the Marathwada region now spans Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur, Nanded, Amravati, Beed districts of Maharashtra and Jamnagar and Kutch districts in Gujarat, with a broad objective of women- centered sustainable development. Today, SSP partners with 2,569 self help groups with 37,254 women members and ten community based federations (apex organizations of member self help groups) that are at the core of all programs, and provide a basis for women’s mobilization for building economic, social and political competencies.

Some of the important activities that SSP facilitates through its network of groups are savings and credit, insurance, distribution of socially relevant products, accessing health services, community governance, sanitation and water management.