Businessmen for the Poor

Have you been involved in poverty alleviation? Have you heard tall promises by politicians on eliminating poverty and then hear nothing about it? Here is a book that describes the work of of two doctors sharing their experiences of a lifetime in promoting strategies that actually reduced poverty. Take a peep into this book and then contribute to reducing poverty wherever you live.

The book ‘Businessmen for the Poor’ jointly authored by Dr Daleep Mukarji and Dr Rajaratnam Abel is now available through This book describes the work carried out by both of them in poverty reduction and reducing catastrophic health expenditure among the poor. The various approaches adopted are described along with relevant successful experiences. It ends up in consolidating the various factors contributing to the reduction of poverty.

Being a book distributed globally online, the cost may be out of reach for many in India. The authors are working on an Indian edition at an affordable cost. In the meantime, the ebook may be ordered if you are comfortable.

“For the poor in our village, the weekly market is more important than the weekly clinic that you conduct in our village” And when we responded in an understanding manner to this passionate statement by my patient and changed the clinic day, they came in large numbers.

This book is written forty years after Daleep Mukarji founded the Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs popularly known as RUHSA and along with Rajaratnam Abel, developed into the Department of CMC of Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.

Their work involved providing primary and secondary health care to a rural population of over 100,000 people. Equally important was the provision of a wide variety of services for poverty alleviation. This included cattle cross breeding, goat farming, broiler poultry, vocational training of youth, water conserving agricultural development and Self Help Groups among women.

The aim of RUHSA was alleviation of poverty. No one realised that unwittingly a large number of small businessmen and businesswomen were created in the community and thereby reduced poverty. Equally surprising was the observation that both Daleep and Abel had become leaders of a team of Businessmen for the Poor.

One concluding chapter describes briefly each of the factors contributed to the success. Applying these in different situations in India and other situations of poverty in different could help in overcoming poverty.

This is their story of how they reduced poverty. Imagine what would happen to India if every District Collector were to be impressed with the story of Businessmen for the Poor! and practically implemented the concept!.

The links to the book are given below.

The paperback version is available in the following


The e-version is available on the following


The ebook in India is available in the following link.

Please share this information with those whom you feel might benefit. I am sure you will want to order a copy for yourself.

Rajaratnam Abel

Published by rajaratnamabel

Having completed my undergraduate medical education from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Then I had the privilege of completing my Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. I could also complete my PhD in Chennai, India. Based on my extensive work in nutrition backed by a number of scientific publication, I also received the Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition (FICN). I retired from active service in 2005. Since then God enabled me to be a Consultant Public Health Physician, at the SUHAM Trust of the DHAN Foundation in Madurai. I am involved in providing community based health care support to a large number Self Help Groups in 14 Indian states.

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