indebtedness to traders. Those engaging in handicrafts or whose economy depends on the collection of minor forest produce find it difficult to obtain raw material. Forest agencies and Tribal Development Co-operatives set up to break the monopoly of traders, have grown into just such monopolies.
Not surprisingly, many a rural person turns into a landless laburer, or is forced to migrate to the city. Grim as the situation is, it is not entirely hopeless, for rural people possess resources that have kept them going in many adverse situations. Group entrepreneurship captures and mobilizes
these strengths and can bring rural life back to a state of sustainability; ecologically, economically and socially.This article is based on very limited experience in tribal areas of Bihar and Orissa in India. The idea of group entrepreneurship comes from the people themselves and is
now catching the attention of development workers around the world. Three points are covered: illustrations of recent group entrepreneurship; the reality of group entrepreneurship; and challenges involved in group entrepreneurship.
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