SHGs of NRLM are affinity-based homogenous groups of 10-20 members (usually women). In case of special SHGs i.e. groups in remote tribal areas and in difficult areas, groups with vulnerable persons like disabled persons, group may be as small as 5 members. Only for groups to be formed with Persons with disabilities, and other special categories like elders, transgender, NRLM will have both men and women in the SHGs.
Women SHGs having 70% or more members from BPL households or poor households identified through a participatory process and ratified by the Gram Sabha.
SHG following Panchasutra or the 5 cardinal principles of a SHG viz. Weekly meetings, Weekly savings, Regular internal lending, Regular repayment and Good book keeping.