South Asia

The Hunger Project is working to end hunger in India and Bangladesh.

Empowering people to be agents of change

The Hunger Project was established in India in 1984 where we mobilize people for self-reliant action, empowering women to become effective and respected leaders in their communities, and engaging with local government.

In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project is currently the largest volunteer-based organization where our work includes promoting youth leadership and reducing gender inequality.


Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries where 32% of the population lives below the national poverty line


India is the world’s largest democracy with nearly 1.3 billion citizens but is home to one third of the world’s poor

Meher Nazmun, Bangladesh

Meher Nazmun, known popularly as Tisha to her friends and family, is 21 years old and lives in Munshipara, Rangpur District in Bangladesh. As she walked to and from her college, Tisha was troubled at seeing children from the nearby slums on the...

Manowara Afroz Saleha, Bangladesh

From childhood, Saleha dreamt of being a teacher, but her father’s sudden death when she was eight years old, and a time of economic crisis in Bangladesh, meant that alone, like many women and girls, Saleha and her mother encountered serious...

Tasly, Bangladesh

Tasly was born in 1976 in the Baroidanga village of Satgambug Union in Bangladesh. Despite her limited means, she was very successful in school and received a Higher Secondary Certificate (high school). She dreamed of completing higher education,...

Jesmeen, Bangladesh

Jesmeen is an empowered, self-reliant woman in the village of Shampurtati. Although she was continually faced with severe poverty, she learned that the power to conquer it was within her grasp. Jesmeen was the second oldest of nine brothers and...

Rajwanti Singh, India

Rajwanti Singh refused to accept a lesser status in life. Now, this Indian woman is a highly respected leader in her community and has big plans for the future. Watch (and share!) her amazing story. "At the first meetings of the panchayat (village...

Khusboon Khatoon, India

Khusboon Khatoon is a Ward Member in a post reserved for women in her gram panchayat (village council) in Siwan District in India. She is 32 years old. Khusboon was a child bride at 12 years of age. She was widowed early. However, even though...

Photography credits: India – Anna Zhu