Today the world has more than 730 million people living in extreme poverty and at-least 175 million of them live in India. We also have more than 200 million people in India, with no access and at least another 200 million with very poor access to reliable energy.
The poor and their needs differ according to their geographies, social and cultural contexts. In each of these topographies, the poor face challenges in the areas of livelihoods, health, education and well being. For e.g. a Manipuri weaver needs modernization of loom technology while a blacksmith in Karnataka needs a more efficient hammer with affordable finance.(more…)