The issues concerning rural development are largely centered on the iniquitous income, lack of opportunities and poor access of modern techniques to its populace. Arpana believes that sustainable livelihood is the pre-requisite for a dignified and better tomorrow and understanding the livelihood systems of the poor is crucial to effective poverty reduction.
Arpana’s focus remains on families of landless labourers and marginalized farmers with landholdings between ½ to 3 acres. This segment constitutes up to 40% of the target villages. Arpana’s target area now extends to 234 villages in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh where Arpana promotes livelihood through the programmes such as SHGs formation, SHG linkage with banks, and through imparting practice oriented knowledge and skill on livelihood promotion to women and farmer entrepreneurs.