Why ultra-poor

India is home to 10% (~65 million) of the global extreme poor population, which makes it a country with 2nd largest population of poor. People living in extreme poverty survive on less than $1.90 (Rs. 148) a day. People living in ultra-poverty are the most vulnerable subgroup within them, suffering income poverty compounded by sociocultural dispossession. The poor families live on less than 2 meals a day and earn less than Rs. 34 per day (annual income is less than Rs.12,000).
People living in ultra-poverty tend to have insufficient and irregular income, are chronically food insecure, have minimal productive assets and savings, and often experience poor health, vulnerability and social marginalization. Families living in ultra-poverty also tend to be harder to access, as poverty is often associated with geographic remoteness. Often overlooked by larger development efforts, this includes people living in remote and rural areas who face multiple dimensions of poverty. They suffer every day from food insecurity, own no land or assets, and lack basic education and productive skills. They are mostly excluded from social services and healthcare, generally live in remote areas disconnected from markets, and are often unable to work due to prolonged illnesses or disability in the family. TUIF targets this subset of the extreme poor, the ultra-poor, typically women living on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. TUIF inspires and supports the poorest and most vulnerable to build sustainable livelihoods and take their first transformative steps out of ultra-poverty.

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