Our Projects


Friends of the Poor in South India sponsor many projects & initiatives 




Handloom Weaving


Education Centres


Goat Rearing


Tailoring & Garment Making


Cow Rearing


Charcoal Burners


Coastal Villages



The very poorest communities of India are hidden from most tourists, their villages not usually being very accessible. They comprise the so-called Scheduled Castes, often described as Dalits and ‘Untouchables’ and 'Tribals'. We work mainly with women within these communities who have been forced into indescribable situations ~ difficult for us to believe possible!  The Friends help these communities through our local workers, providing basic essentials, tools or facilities. The tools include sewing machines, fishing nets, rope-making equipment or looms, for which we provide additional training. Animal Husbandry and horticulture can also offer substantial improvement in their living standards



We believe we have one of the best ways of helping poor communities in India. We sponsor Indian project partners to make small gifts to communities, or individuals, of animals or equipment which they can use to help themselves to improve their living conditions. When they are in a position to do so, these beneficiaries are happy themselves to make donations into their own local 'self-help' group. The local group can then decide together how they will use these accummulated donations to help other families train and secure employment. In this way the money continues to grow and allows for the financing of a continuing stream of new projects. Moreover, when a beneficiary becomes strong enough to make their own donation to the pot, it enhances enhance their own self-esteem - so lacking in many of these exceptionally poor areas.

We already have a fine track record of supporting a vast array of very successful projects in the rural villages of South India, reaching out now to more than 3.000 large marginalised families. We have sponsored many organisations and programmes run by our Indian partners. These projects enable the poorest people imaginable to be trained and equipped so that they are now self-sufficient, feeding their families and even helping their own poor colleagues in turn get themselve back on their feet. This way our projects and programmes go from strength to strength even from minimal donations. And all this is only made possible by the generosity of you, our donors.