More than 70% of the 100 million people in Bihar live in poverty. Most belong to socially marginalized castes. Women are especially disadvantaged. Only 11% of women are literate. Many girls marry before they are 18. Women suffer from lack of maternal health care, unwanted pregnancies, and closely spaced births. They lack vital health knowledge and have a limited role in decision-making. More than half of the farmers are landless and work on other people's farms.
Activities include providing high-quality community-based reproductive healthcare services, agricultural training and training in women's leadership and organization.
The program strives to help people gain food security through technologies that rely less on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Also will improve the status of women, address sexually transmitted diseases and improve water and sanitation.