Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
77 READ Centers established to date.
103 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
220 villages are served by READ Centers.
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We are a non-profit organization working in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) and seed small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

The Case for a Safe Space: Libraries Empower Women In Asia

Libraries Empower Women

How can we help women gain freedom of mobility and increased decision-making power? Read this article on READ Global's work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists blog.

From Illiterate to Entrepreneur: Meet Phirli Chaudhary

Phirli from Nepal with cow

Married at age 15 and illiterate, Phirli Chaudhary of rural Nepal had three children with an alcoholic husband. Learn how she pulled her family out of poverty. Read her story.

Farmer uses Internet to Grow More

Jamuna growing beans

Jamuna didn't earn enough from farming to feed her sons, so she took computer training at her local library. Now she uses a web portal to learn how to grow more food! Read her story here.

Families Learning Together

The Mudgal Family

The Mudgal family wanted their kids to learn skills to earn a living, but the only opportunities to do so were in a town two hours away by bus. They were scared to send their daughters alone. When we opened a READ Center in their village, the entire family learned new skills. Read their story.