Why Rural Marginalized Communities Living on the Edge.

More than half of the populations of developing countries live in rural communities, as do the majority of people living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day. This is truly the edge.

Rural communities often lack access to basic infrastructure commonly found in urban centers, such as water and education. The poverty that exists in rural areas of the developing world is also strongly linked to environmental concerns, such as soil erosion and fertility. Illiteracy rates and education levels are also typically found to be poorer in rural communities, which can contribute to even higher levels of discrimination against girls and women in these areas.

We seek to work with remote communities that are highly marginalized in order to address these needs. Consider the following:

  • Of the 1.4 billion people worldwide living on less than $1.25 per day, 70 percent of them live in rural areas. (IFAD)
  • Over 80 percent of rural households in developing communities rely on subsistence farming and agriculture for their livelihood. (IFAD)
  • Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population (FAO)