GOAL: Committed to poverty eradication through the empowerment of the poor

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Bangladesh Today!

Nestled at the northern tip of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is surrounded on three sides by India. Roughly the size of Illinois, with 168 million people, 76.4% of whom live on less than $2 a day, Bangladesh struggles to feed its people and overcome its devastating poverty.

80% of its GNP comes from the retail garment industry which employs 4 million people at a recently upgraded salary of $53 a month. Its children are malnourished and the lack of resources and opportunity, especially in rural areas, keep its population from changing the course of their lives from generation to generation.

PSDI is making a huge impact on families in its working areas. Through a holistic, bottom-up management model, the poor are successfully uplifting themselves permanently out of poverty within a ten-year cycle. Please browse our website to experience hope at work.

While PEP and PSDI build new programs for these new and fragile families, PEP will designate all program donations to areas that will benefit the most people in the most efficient way. Thank you for understanding. Anyone wishing to donate the full amount to one of the projects listed can be assured that their donation will go to that project.

What Makes Us Different?

What makes us different?

Partners in Sustainable Development International

  • Focuses on people - not programs
  • Offers a hand up instead of a hand out
  • Creates individual economic development plans
  • Monitors each family's progress bi-weekly
  • Evaluates all families every three years
  • Graduates most families out of poverty in 10 years
  • Stays focused on the very poorest families


Partners in Sustainable Development International (PSDI) was established in 2004 to advocate for the poorest families in rural Bangladesh and to raise funds to support the work of our partner there, the Poverty Eradication Program (PEP). PEP uses a proven and measureable holistic model of poverty eradication that has touched the lives of 500,000 people.

What's Happening NOW!

Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to reopen a small garment-making enterprise that employs 43 women.

Empowering women to contribute to their family’s financial success is key to lifting them out of poverty.

What's Next

PSDI has recently sent funds to Bangladesh to re-employ women in two industries: our sericulture (silk-making) industry and quilt making industry.

In sericulture, they will begin by raising silkworms in their huts, feeding the worm cocoons leaves from young mulberry trees. Quilts made will be ready just in time for the cold months.