The rural people of Nellore live in abject poverty. Seventy percent live on less than $2 a day. In a region where agriculture is the predominant industry, most try to earn a living as seasonal agricultural laborers. However, because of low wages and unmet basic needs, borrowing is all too common, often leading to crippling burdens of debt. Additionally, a high illiteracy rate coupled with the caste system – the ancient hierarchies in Indian social order – together conspire to hold the poor in poverty.
‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’