At the impossibly young age of 10, Lakshmi became a bride. Soon after that she became a mother. And then, a young widow.Read Article
Landesa partners with the state and national governments and organizations to help poor, rural women and men gain secure rights to land and the opportunity to build a better future.
In rural India, an estimated eighteen million families are both poor and landless. Scores of millions more have no secure legal rights to the land they currently occupy.
This land tenure insecurity traps women, men, and entire communities in extreme poverty, restricts India’s economic growth, and sparks conflict.
When women and men gain secure rights to land, they can begin investing in their land to improve their harvests and their lives. Further, land rights in India act as a gateway right. When women and men gain secure rights to land, they can access a host of government services from work and nutrition programs to agricultural extension services. Furthermore, our government partners can begin providing services such as access to water, electricity, and sanitation to communities once they have legal status.
Landesa has been working with progressive Indian state government officials and Central government leaders to develop and implement innovative and practical programs to address land tenure insecurity and the poverty it drives since 2000.