Elizabeth Abraham

Ph.D. student, Agricultural Education

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elizabethIt’s all about women and livestock rearing in rural India. Elizabeth Abraham, a native of India who has a veterinary degree, is studying training and development of women involved in livestock rearing in India. Women provide a majority of the daily labor in livestock rearing, but face many barriers. In comparison to men, rural women face greater socio-cultural and physical isolation, resulting in reduced access to training and information.

“Government- and non-government-initiated Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) in India try to address the barriers that the rural women face,” Abraham says.

WSHG members collectively participate in income-generating activities like livestock rearing and divide the generated income amongst themselves. Many members attend training to learn more about scientific rearing practices. However, no one has evaluated how the training affects WSHG members’ self-efficacy, or belief in their own ability to perform the given task.

Abraham wants to do a study on livestock rearing WSHGs in Southern India, focusing on members’ pre- and post-training self-efficacies. The results could help drive future training and increase the learning and work performances of the WSHG members, which could lead to greater economic self-sufficiency of these rural women.