Yumnam indubala Devi
Vegetable cultivation | Manipur
It is commonly known that Indian parents prioritize education over everything else. We save up specifically to meet the cost of educating our children, especially now that tuition fees are hitting an all-time high. It is no different for a parent coming from a low-income group with the exception that it is not always feasible for them to save up much for the future in general or for education in particular. Such is the case with Yesamma Raju, a resident of Jolly Mohalla in Chamrajpete, Bengaluru.
Yesamma is a waste picker and a member of Hasirudala, a collective of waste workers that is dedicated to improving the lives of its members and also providing total waste management services. For Yesamma, Hasirudala has opened doors to prospects she never had as an informal waste picker. Not only does she earn a better income than before, she now has access to affordable microcredit through Rang De.
She lives with her husband who works two jobs – one, as a coolie and the other, as a part-time waste segregator for Hasirudala. The couple have three children, two daughters, aged 6 and 4 and a son, who is 2 years old.
Rag picking isn’t hereditary. Don’t make it one! While she carries bags of rags, digs the piles for plastics and peels, she doesn’t want her children to carry the legacy of its stench to their future. Yesamma is a rag picker in Bengaluru and so is her husband. With the first ray of light they carry along with them junk, the abuses of their masters and the foul smell for which they are easily shunned. With little education, Yesamma couldn’t choose books over rags. However, she wishes it to change for her three children. Her eldest daughter, Sukanya is enrolled in a private high school in the 1st grade. Yesamma isn’t able to make her ends meet and pay for the expenses of the school. She has asked Rang De to help her by raising a loan of Rs. 10,000/- to pay school fees, buy stationery and uniform. Today, if we help Yesamma, she wouldn’t have to let her daughter give up on the dreams of becoming an accountant. Please help Yesamma and enhance their future just by placing a pencil in the hands of her children.
Evaluated 902 days ago by Ahinsa Sharma & B. Praveen Kumar
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