Why Rural People?

Within our lifetime, it is possible to end the suffering of marginalized rural people.

Globally, around 736 million people live on less than $1.25 a day. That is more than twice the population of the United States.

79% of these people live in rural areas.

Every day, the communities in rural areas face the challenges of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. They have limited access to education, medical services, and other essentials. Furthermore, climate change, overpopulation, and weak government increase their daily suffering.

Empowering rural people offers long-lasting and life-changing outcomes.

Above all, rural communities have the potential for self-development and dignity. Therefore, if given the right opportunities, we believe they possess the power to make permanent changes to quality of life.


IIRR and their partners efforts on ensuring access and quality of education. IIRR firmly believes that education is a human right, not a privilege for wealthier populations.


IIRR works to address a variety of health issues in the rural communities in Asia and Africa. For instance, malnutrition, teenage pregnancy, widespread disease, and insufficient access to medical care are some of the many global rural issues.

Environment and Livelihoods

Rural communities depend on natural resources for food, shelter and livelihood. And so, IIRR works to ensure sustainable management and access to land and water resources for these communities.

How do we help alleviate rural poverty?

Over the years, we have worked with rural communities in over 46 countries around the world. As a result, we have directly impacted the lives of more than 15 million people through a Rural Reconstruction approach. This approach is people-centered, innovative, and sustainable.

What can we do together?

Help rural people improve their lives and wellbeing. One person can make a difference.

Your donation will support innovative and practical community-led solutions that could transform rural communities both economically and socially.

89 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to our programs. These donations have helped empower rural communities over the past 60 years.


Over 200,000 individuals have supported our efforts to improve the lives of rural people in the past 60 years.


71% of donations are from individuals. Even one person can make a difference.


Generous donors from all over the world have supported our programs. As a result, together we can make change possible in rural communities.

Stories from the field

In every country program, communities are encouraged in a process which allows them the opportunity to participate in every stage of creating solutions. Above all, each one of them has a unique story to share.

Farmers double their income with sustainable cassava cultivation

IIRR worked closely with GIZ, the Regional Economic Development and the District Agriculture Office to train 1,123 cassava farmers in the Oddar Meanchey Province on sustainable cassava cultivation.

Digital Connectivity transform schools in Kenya

In Kenya, in 2017, IIRR’s education program trained 41 school teachers on ICT (Information Communication Technology) using smart-phones, desktop computers and tablets.