SHGs of women are formed as the neighborhood fraternity find place at the nucleus of the community. Weekly meeting, Collective learning, acquisition of skills, perspective building, activity planning, pooling of small thrift and transacting it as micro credit etc are the activities of SHGs.
The department convenes regular Entrepreneurial Development Programme and skill training programmes for SHG women, thereby enabling them to begin with self employment .Apart from the micro credit mobilized at SHG level, matching credit from banks and subsidies from government agencies arranged. Technical and support services are provided to brand the product and market through Suvidha- A supermarket initiated by ESSS. Ernakulam Social Service Society conducting in a certified course for aspiring Entrepreneurs in collaboration with Albertian Institute of Management.
Suvidha Supermarket is a retail marketing network, which offers products at relatively low prices to the public. It is jointly promoted by ESSS and Kerala Labour Movement with the help of various Self Help Groups. The field level animators of ESSS receive orders from the community and the ordered items are delivered to their doorstep with in a stipulated time. The products of small and micro entrepreneurs of ESSS are marketed through Suvidha. Apart from this ESSS is promoting Suvidha Special Kit seasonally for subsidised rate.