Grameen Development Services (GDS) was founded in 1993 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. GDS works with its head office at Lucknow (U.P.) and strives for the economic and social empowerment of the socio-economically disadvantaged sections of the society. GDS works in regions characterized by structural poverty and extreme social and economic backwardness. Apart from its head office, the field offices are located at 9 locations in north India region. GDS presently operates in three poor states of India; Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar and Rajasthan. In UP, the focus is on poorest regions of Eastern UP and Bundelkhand. In Bihar, GDS focuses on the extremely poverty stricken and disaster prone regions of Northern Bihar. In Rajasthan, the focus is on the drought prone Central Rajasthan.