Poverty tears many families apart in rural India when villagers are forced to migrate to urban centers to look for work. Although India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, 25.7% of the rural population still lives below the poverty line.1 There are more illiterate people in India than in any other country in the world. Women are impacted the most: one woman out of three is illiterate,2 and education is rarely prioritized for girls, leaving them without the skills they need to earn an income to support their families.
READ's work in India
READ expanded to India in 2007 to empower women and marginalized groups, and create educational and economic opportunities in rural areas. We work in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Maharastra, Manipur, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. READ Centers are giving women the chance to learn to read, teaching people about their rights, and giving rural villagers skills to earn a living. Sustaining enterprises range from a gooseberry processing facility, to sewing and weaving businesses. READ India is home one of our all-women-operated centers, as well as several women’s self-help groups.
Read stories of empowerment from India.
- Agricultural training
- Distance learning
- Early Childhood Development
- Health awareness and sensitization
- Information Communications Technology
- Women's Empowerment
READ Centers in IndiaCenters Featured Centers
 World Bank DataBank 2014
 India Census Data 2011
 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, India Country Profile 2011
 World Health Organization, World Health Statistics 2014
 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, India Country Profile 2011 and World Health Organization, World Health Statistics 2014
 United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report Indices 2013