Where We Work

GSP works in the rural parts of Marathwada region in Maharashtra state. The organization's head office and campus with training center is situated at village Budhoda in Latur district. Latur is at roughly 400 km southeast of Mumbai

Geographical Location:

Marathwada is the region comprising the eight districts of (divisional headquarters) Jalna, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Osmanabad and Beed. Was once part of the erstwhile kingdom of the Nizam of Hyderabad. The region lacks natural resources and is prone to drought. Nearly 32% of its 64,818 sq km area comes under the rain shadow region. Annual average rainfall is 750mm and drought is a permanent feature and hence acute shortage of dinking in mid summer is common scenario.

Demographic profile:

Marathwada regions accounts for 16.84% of the state's population and is home to nearly 30% of the state's Below Poverty Line families. The region is home for sizeable dalit population (SC 14.96%, ST 4.01%).

Its literacy rate is the lowest in the state (51.23%, Census 2001).

Rural Economy:

The district where GSP works is the one of the poorest 100 districts of the country. Its per capita GDP is Rs 10,373 -- a good 40 per cent below the state's per capita GDP of Rs 17,029/- and contributes just 8% of the state's industrial output.

People are mostly dependent on agriculture for employment. Soybean, cotton & sugarcane in few patches are major corps. About 98% of agriculture is dry land farming and cotton is the major crop. Aout 98% of agriculture is dry land farming and irrigation water, in real terms reaches not more than 50,000 acres of cultivable land.

As a result the state-run employment guarantee scheme (EGS) is a major employment source in lean season in the region. Due to lack of employment opportunities unemployed educated youth as well as school going children also can be found at EGS work sites.

Many migrate to western Maharashtra every year to work as sugarcane cutters. Bulk recruitment through gang leaders/ agents is quite popular practice.

All eight of districts of Marathwada region including Latur figure in the list of the 100 poorest districts in the country. (Source: http://www.empowerpoor.org/backgrounder.asp?report=19)