currently operates in one of the poorest parts of India,
the Medak, Nalgonda and Nizamabad Districts of the Telangana region of Andhra
Pradesh. The region is part of the drought-prone,
semi-arid Deccan plateau. SKS selected the region for
start-up activities because more than half its people
live in abject poverty. It is plagued by high rates of
hunger, illiteracy, disease and bonded labour, and the
vast majority of poor are landless labourers or marginal
farmers who draw their livelihood from subsistence
agriculture. Their plight is worsened by frequent
drought, severe deforestation, and soil erosion.
to reach 300,000 families in Telangana region by 2008. Long-term goals include expansion
towards the two of India's poorest districts, in
the neighbouring states, Maharashtra and Karnataka.