It is estimated that more than 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas. In order to make true progress toward global poverty alleviation, a focus on economic growth in rural areas of the developing world is crucial.
The lack of educational, economic and social resources in rural villages is the root cause of poverty and political instability in many developing countries. For most villagers, agriculture is the only livelihood option, but rarely provides individuals with an income that allows them to take care of their families. Due to a lack of resources and opportunities in rural communities, many individuals are forced to leave their loved ones behind in search of more promising livelihoods. This results in increased economic disparities in developing regions and creates an even more urgent situation in rural communities.
READ works with some of the most economically disadvantaged populations in the world, where literacy rates are less than 50% and more than half of families live below the poverty line.
By partnering with rural villages to create educational and economic opportunities, READ empowers individuals with the skills and knowledge to thrive and prosper in their own communities.
Today, READ is working in Bhutan, India and Nepal.