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Hasirudala (Green Force)

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Location : Karnataka

Partner Since : 10-10-2014

Founder : Nalini

About Hasirudala

Is a member based organization of waste pickers of the informal sector, seeking to improve their conditions of work and ensuring their continued access to recyclables in the city of Bangalore. They work towards accessing benefits of various government programs, enhancing educational opportunities, ensuring social security, advancing the quality of their lives and strengthening their livelihoods.

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In Bangalore, the contribution of waste pickers and sorters is slow in receiving the consideration they deserve for the services they render to society. They provide alternative waste management options which include the combined efforts of segregators, scrap dealers, and recycling factories.

Their lives outside of their jobs are gradually starting to see improvement. Part of this is due to organizations such as Hasirudala which work towards integrating the informal waste sector under one banner and providing them with stable incomes and facilitating access to social security. Better incomes have led to many members being able to provide better for their children, as is seen from the rising trend in private school enrollment.

For 46-year-old Savithri who is a waste segregator, becoming a member of Hasirudala has been a sound decision.

Savithri lives with her family in Jolly Mohalla, a neighborhood in Sultanpete which is known for its scrap dealers and waste markets. Her home is close to St.Theresa’s school, a private school where her youngest child is studying. She was able to enroll Subiksha here after availing an education loan from Rang De.

During an interaction with Savithri, our field team learned that the loan was used to pay for little Subiksha’s uniform, books, and tuition fees. She told us that while the installments were convenient to pay, she required a higher loan amount since educational costs keep increasing.

Evaluated By : Ahinsa Sharma & B. Praveen Kumar

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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.

Evaluated By : Ahinsa Sharma & B. Praveen Kumar

Partnership Summary

Total No. of Loans 317
Total amount disbursed Rs.6,110,000
Expected repayment so far Rs.4,763,003
Amount repaid Rs.4,500,211
Amount delayed Rs.262,792
Amount defaulted Rs.0

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