Nearly 224 million people in India alone live on less than $1.90 per day.*

By investing in and consulting with businesses that share our commitment to create opportunity for the poorest of the poor, Upaya has accelerated 20 businesses. We have invested in 14 businesses that have so far created 8,004 jobs.

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We start by selecting early-stage entrepreneurs to join our accelerator program.


We select up to three businesses from each accelerator for investments and ongoing consulting support.


The businesses we partner with have created thousands of dignified jobs for the poor in their communities.


dignity  |  empowerment  |  Stability

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*Source: Taking on Inequality: Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016, The World Bank