Our Impact

2.3 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.

92 READ Centers established to date.

133 for-profit enterprises launched to sustain READ Centers.

287 villages are served by READ Centers.


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We are a non-profit organization working in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) and launch small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

It's Never Too Late

Gyan Maya

Like many young girls in the rural villages of Nepal, Gyan Maya Tamang is a victim of forced, early marriage. After countless years of hard labor, Gyan Maya began to attend a local READ Center's literacy class at age 66. Read her story.

Finding a Voice Through Books

Vishnu Smiling

When Vishnu started attending classes at his local READ Center in India, he developed a passion for reading that changed his life around. Read more.

Children Leave a Legacy of Literacy

Cracked home

In the remote village of Khotakpa in southern Bhutan, the local READ Center has initiated a program that harnesses the beauty of children's natural creativity and uses it to preserve history. Read more.

Love of Books Leads to Profit

Devi Maya

Devi Maya dropped out of school in the third grade to take care of her younger brothers and sisters. Take a look at how attending trainings at a READ Center empowered her to start her own business and bring her out of financial insecurity. Read more.