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  • Community-based savings groups in Bihar, India.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • To help youth gain employment, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has set up youth skills training centres - or Yuva Junctions - where courses in computer skills, retail skills and English language are available.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Vijay Bamniya was an Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) community mobiliser and is now a village entrepreneur managing a resource centre and shop where farmers can procure bio-pesticides and fertilisers as well as seeds and equipment.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Yuva Junction (Inform - Educate - Employ) at the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) office in Junagadh.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Yuva Junction at the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) office in Junagadh. "Learning for Earning", Mangrol, Junagadh, Gujarat - A Microsoft Youthspark Program in partnership with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India).
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Economic development

To stimulate long-term economic growth in the country, AKDN operates across the spectrum, from facilitating community-based savings groups that enable very poor remote households – who do not have access to formal financial services – to save and borrow in small amounts to help smooth erratic incomes and cope with emergencies, to developing vocational skills of rural youth and matching them with job opportunities beyond agriculture, to commercial banking and corporate financial services.