"Poverty is powerlessness. Poverty cannot be removed unless the poor have power to make decisions that affect their lives." Ela Bhatt of The Elders. Former member of the Indian Parliament and pioneer in women's empowerment and grassroots development.
Sangtru's Stories In early READ Bhutan partnered with two local villagers through the Rongthong READ Center to launch a for-profit business enterprise to generate an income to sustain the Center in the long run.
Putali's Story Meet Putali Giri, of the far Western region of Nepal. With her husband unable to find steady work, Putali had a hard time making ends meet for her family with the small tea shop she owned.