With UN organizations pushing to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, a project comprised of numerous self-help groups (SHGs) in India is also scaling up its efforts. The Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project, a micro-financing initiative, aims to enable the rural poor in the province of Andhra Pradesh, India, to improve their livelihoods and quality of life. On December 23, 2009, the World Bank approved an additional $100 million for the project, which is attributed to have raised incomes for around 10 million rural women since it first began.

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