Lupin does not impose any official norm of poverty; instead, it allows local people to define poverty for themselves. Participatory Rural Approach (PRA) is held under the aegis of LGVP to understand the aspirations of men, women and youth, the perception of livelihood, future of their children, freedom etc.

The point is only to suggest that people’s expectations are important and need to be considered before proceeding with the development programme. Thus, it is more need-based and area specific.

The strategy was to begin at the micro level and let the forces of change percolate upwards. Lupin Foundation saw its role as that of a catalyst, integrating diverse resources to make things happen.

As the development programmes gained momentum, each and all responded – Government and Non-Government bodies, volunteer, but most importantly, it was the willpower of the villagers that finally made the difference.