Understanding Poverty

Extreme poverty is about more than money

It’s about isolation and exclusion. Extreme poverty means hunger, illiteracy and instability. It’s powered by discrimination based on gender, heritage and disability that endures over generations.

Extreme poverty is a powerful force that affects 767 million people in some of the most remote places on earth.

Reaching them means going further. Beyond the paved highways and dirt roads, the face that almost always greets you is a woman’s. It’s likely she’ll be indigenous or come from an ethnic minority. There’s a 1 in 5 chance she will have a disability. She may have fled her home to escape a ravaging conflict or climate, or both. She is confronted by the enduring legacy of life without access to education and the threat of sudden illness without recourse. She is excluded from the social ties of her community and the economic opportunities of local markets.

But when people get an opportunity, they fight like champions.

That’s why we go further, to some of the most challenging locations in the world, to create economic opportunities for the world’s poorest people. 

We work harder to help resourceful but marginalized people other programs leave behind. So they can start and run a profitable business that puts food on the table, sends children to school, and save for the future. They inspire us to strive as hard as they do. We work smarter and stay until the job is done, sharing our proven Graduation Approach with both our participants and partners.

So, if you’re as passionate as we are about helping people eliminate poverty, go further with us.

Women can do everything if they get the chance.

Pinky Besra

Farmer & Leader, West Bengal, India