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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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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

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As the road curves past the police station in Dasarahalli, our cab stops in front of an asbestos-roofed godown. The yard outside the center is lined with piles of bundles containing paper, cans, cartons and other discarded dry waste. Inside the godown, a few workers are busy segregating mounds of household trash.

Around 30 autos bring dry waste from different neighborhoods and sell it to Mohammad Khalil, the man who runs this collection center. Six years ago, Mohammad used to run a waste paper mart out on the main road. When he began an association with Hasirudala, they proposed that he handle one of their DWCC (dry waste collection centers); an offer he eagerly took up.

His business has grown since he joined Hasirudala. He employs around 12 people who segregate and package waste in sacks ready for transportation to a local recycling factory. Mohammad buys dry waste for around Rs.8 per kilo and sells it to the factory for a price of Rs.10-Rs.12 per kilo. Over 15 types of waste amounting to 2 tons are bought and sold to bulk scrap dealers every 2-3 days.

However, business has come to a practically a standstill in the past two months. Ever since the GST rollout, prices have dropped and what used to fetch Rs.20 per kilo now brings in only Rs.17 per kilo. Mohammad is also now required to prepare bills or he could end up losing Rs.18000 per Rs.100000 worth of goods sold.

Evaluated By : Ahinsa Sharma & B. Praveen Kumar

Partnership Summary

Total No. of Loans 317
Total amount disbursed Rs.6,360,000
Expected repayment so far Rs.5,291,589
Amount repaid Rs.5,063,980
Amount delayed Rs.227,609
Amount defaulted Rs.0

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