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Economic Development, Rural developmentWebsite
READ Global brings together education, enterprise and community development to create lasting social change in rural communities. READ partners with rural villages to build Community Library and Resource Centers (READ Centers) that offer knowledge, information and opportunities to villagers that lack the most basic educational resources.
READ Centers are designed to serve whole communities and their surrounding areas. Resources are available for all – adults, children, students, teachers, women and even those who are illiterate.
Once a READ Center has been built, READ works with each community to seed a for-profit enterprise that will generate much-needed income to sustain the center over the long run. To establish the most successful enterprises, READ business development managers collaborate with Library Management Committees to explore market opportunities in each community.