Unity is strength. If scattered women’s strength is united, big things can be achieved. Uniting women and mobilizing their strength is the basic organizing process done through Self Help Group (SHG) promotion work. 

PAT organizes SHGs since the year 1998. SHGs play a major role in poverty alleviation and women empowerment in rural India. A maximum of 12-15 members will form a SHG and PAT has organized 2676 SHGs in 18 Districts of Tamilnadu (Trichy, Ariyalur, Tanjore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur ,...) as on March 2017. PAT actively engaged the members of SHGs in savings and internal credit as well as in other activities like income generation, natural resources management, literacy, child care and nutrition etc., This way it provides chance to women to have control over capital though it is small in size. The SHG system has proven to be a very relevant and effective in offering women the possibility to break gradually the gender inequality, exploitation and isolation.