To understand the impact of covid-19 in the
working of SHG or Kudumbashree units in Northern
Kerala and to know how could those women restart their
Design: Qualitative descriptive study using focus groups
discussions, in-depth interviews and surveys among the
Setting: Muzhappilangad Grama Panchayat, Kannur
Participants: Four focus groups discussions and in-depth
interviews. Focus groups were selected from four units of
Kudumbashree including 53 members in total, to know
about the impact of Covid-19 on the functioning of their
units and their life journey during the pandemic.
Results: The study identified five major areas of
Kudumbashree units and its associated, detailed
knowledge about the functioning of units, the lifestyle of
rural women in northern Kerala, how drastically covid19 has affected their livelihood, working along with
pandemic, new strategies and business ideas initiated by
Kudumbashree workers to overcome Covid-19 crisis.
Conclusions: The study could analyse various issues
faced by the most vulnerable sector in rural Kerala,
Kudumbashree units during the pandemic and the
solutions and strategies they have initiated to overcome
these issues. However, further research is needed to
understand the in-depth idea and reality to suggest
various measures and decisions.