Bandhan began as a small economic non-profit in West Bengal, India. Its mission: alleviate poverty. Its founders believed that the best way to accomplish this mission would be to open up avenues of economical empowerment to disadvantaged women. This way, they reasoned, these women would not only lift themselves up out of poverty, but would also become engines of economic growth within their communities. By assuring the prosperity of families and communities, Bandhan’s vision for systemic economic improvement would become a reality.