READ has been working in south Asia since 1991, first in Nepal, later in India and Bhutan. We establish community library and resource centers (READ Centers) by partnering with rural communities where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line. READ Centers are owned and operated by the community and READ works to build their capacity to manage the Center, run a business, establish partnerships, and mobilize local funds. Each Center has a library, computer room, women’s section, children’s room, and training hall. READ partners with local organizations to offer trainings in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women’s empowerment. With each READ Center, we also seed a for-profit “sustaining enterprise” — a small business that creates local jobs and generates income to support the ongoing costs of the Center. Sustaining enterprises range from tractor rental services and agricultural cooperatives, to community radio stations or sewing cooperatives. To date, READ has set up 91 Centers serving more than 2.3 million people. READ has received the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Access to Learning Award and the Lipman Family Prize from the Wharton School and has been honored onstage by President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.