Founded in 1995, Network of Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (NEED) is a non-profit organisation that creates and supports grassroots and networking initiatives designed to empower very poor people – especially women and girls. Based in Uttar Pradesh, India, NEED conducts training, builds schools, creates tools, mobilises grassroots organisations, sells handicrafts, and conducts projects in nearly 1,000 villages in Uttar Pradesh. NEED aims to uplift marginalised communities and to alleviate poverty in general, focussing on girls and women.

The Marthe van Rijswijck foundation works with NEED on their projects with schools, focussing on girls.

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