Addressing Ultra Poverty

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Poverty is multi-dimensional. It exists at the intersection of economic inequality, food insecurity, and barriers to education. It is powered by exclusion and discrimination based on gender, heritage and disability.
According to the World Bank, it is a“pronounced deprivation in well-being” that includes low incomes and the inability to acquire the basic goods and services necessary for survival with dignity. It also sees, low levels of health and education, poor access to clean water and sanitation, inadequate physical security, lack of voice, and insufficient capacity and opportunity to improve one’s life.

Currently, 648 million people worldwide live on less than $2.15 a day. This is extreme or ultra-poverty. According to the latest official data, released in 2011, 268 million people in India are living in ultra-poverty. To respond, the Government of India launched various programmes and schemes to provide basic amenities to poor households. But people in ultra-poverty have been particularly hard to reach with these programmes. They live in remote, rural villages and often lack the skills and capital to break the cycle of poverty. Most are women.

This is where livelihood programming, like ours, comes in.
We foster enabling environments for women in ultra-poverty to forge their own resilient pathways out of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through skills training, coaching and mentoring, and support systems, women are able to shift from insecure and fragile sources of income to more sustainable ways of earning a living. In the process, they build their self-esteem, capacity, and resilience.

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