Our Livelihood Projects work in various districts of the state of Odisha. In almost all the districts of Odisha, health indicators are poor, there is a shortage of safe drinking water and drought recurs regularly. Inequitable social structures, distorted land distribution, indebtedness, and gender and other inequities contribute to the widespread poverty in Odisha and impede access by poor and marginalized people to resources.
Supporting new patterns of rural development, Canyon contributes to reducing poverty by promoting livelihoods initiatives for the poorest. The livelihoods approach adopted by Canyon focuses on building, and working with, people’s existing strengths and resources.
The approach is about informing, enabling initiating and empowering appropriate choices for long-term well being. It involves all sections of rural society across caste, class, gender and other divides.