currently operates in one of the poorest parts of India, the
Medak District 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 labor,
and the vast majority of poor are landless laborers or marginal
farmers who draw their livelihood from subsistence agriculture.
Their plight is worsened by frequent drought, severe deforestation,
and soil erosion.
hopes to reach 25,000 families in 500 villages of Medak District
by 2003. Long-term goals include expanding into Nanded and
Bidar, two of India's poorest districts, in the neighboring
states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Our vision is to cover
the 100 Poorest Districts of India.