Sorry this update is a little late but here it is. I am very pleased to be able to tell you that this stage of our appeal is complete with the purchase of two more cycle rickshaws for two more local BPL ( below the poverty line) families.
Kaliu Manjhi and Arjun Paswan, both of whom have three children received their rickshaws recently at our office, The Averill Centre .
So what does this mean in real terms to their lives? Well obviously both families are extremely poor but as Prasila , one of the wives said,
"This means a lot to us, my husband already uses a cycle rickshaw to earn a living but in the past we had to rent one. Depending on the different owners we had to pay a fixed rental fee whether he managed to earn enough or not. Our own cycle rickshaw has set us free"
You can make such a difference as these families are amongst many locally who could be helped so much by this scheme and due to many requests we have started a new appeal for three more cycle rickshaws for needy families on Global Giving which you can find here
But many thanks to you for supporting these families,
With Best Wishes
Greetings to you from Bihar in India. As you know from our green riders appeal we have been able to provide one cycle rickshaw to a family desperately in need of one and the extra income it brings, and due to your generosity we are on the way to providing a second family with one.
I thought I would let the mother of the family who received a rickshaw explain what it meant to them.
" When we got our brand new cycle rickshaw it was one of the happiest days of our lives. There are so many poor people in Bihar we really do struggle to buy even the necessities for our family with ever rising prices. But when we got the rickshaw we decided to use the income we can earn from the rickshaw to make it possible for one of our children to get a better education. So how big a help is the rickshaw? Well on a good week , including market days we have been earning about 500 rupees a week, or 2000 a month. ( this is just over $8 and $33 dollars respectively). This amount, where our income is so limited makes all the difference and we can buy school books and more vegetables now. I want to thank you so much for this chance for us to earn a better living".
It's the teach a man to fish thing. We are not suggesting that providing a few cycle rickshaws is going to solve the problem of poverty in Bihar, where millions of the population earn less than $2 a day, but for a few families it can make all the difference in the world.
Thank you for your support. As mentioned before we would be happy to paint the name of the donor on the back (as we have already done in one case), so please help us provide the next family with a cycle rickshaw.
Thank you so much!
Note :The comments above were obtained by a verbal interview and are unedited.
Everybody here at People First hopes you had a great Easter Break.
Well thanks to you we have been able to provide our first cycle rickshaw. Let me tell you about the family.
The photo shows Mr Timal Paswan and his family of two boys.
He is very poor and he has only a one room house where he lives with his family.
For many years he has been riding the rickshaw but he did not have own rickshaw . He takes rickshaw on rent and earns some money for his living. He has two sons and whatever he earns to with the rickshaw he paid 25 % of his income to rickshaw owner. But today he has his own rickshaw.
At this level let's be clear what this means a 25% increase in income could mean the difference between being able to buy some vegetables for dinner instead of just rice.
Mr Paswan told me his income is partly seasonal as he earns more in the winter when the tourists come and he tries to save a little. In the winter on a good day he can earn up to 500 rupees a day ( about $10 USD), in the summer less. But you can see at these margins what a huge difference a 25% rise in Income can make.
So thank you all and remember we can name a rickshaw after a person or persons or group so please help so we can provide more rickshaws to families like Mr Paswan. And we offer support and even basic english training too!
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With Thanks and Best Wishes,
Dear Friends and Supporters ,
A happy new year to you all. We have had a very succesfull time on our GlobalGiving pages in December, people are so generous and kind.
We have had a think about this project and since we started it Global Giving have intoduced micro projects. It seems to us we would like to make this project a micro project and we are talking to Global Giving about it. It would mean that we actually show the families from below the poverty line who would get a rickshaw and therefore a big opportunity to boost thier income. Please watch this space!
Here is the busy winter season in Bodhgaya, but we plan to donate rickshaws in the village areas too. They are low maintence and can add a considerable amount in relative terms to a families income. When we give our first rickshaw, hopefully this month we will follow how much that family earns in a month and give some personal feedback to donors.
For all the deveopment here in Bihar, the scale of poverty is huge with more than 50 million people struggling on an income of under 2 USD a day. This project may be small in scale but it will make a huge difference to the families involved.
Thank you for all your help and we will give some details of our first rickshaw families!
Have a great New Year!
We do have families waiting for the gift of a cycle rickshaw lets hope soon we will be able to donate our first one!
We work in very poor areas in some of the poorest areas of all India, a simple thing like a cycle rickshaw can bring in income which can make all the difference to a BPL ( below the poverty line) family.
Our last report showed the first family awaiting a rickshaw, here's what Parmilla Devi mother of four children said to us,
" We are simple daily labourers and we earn if we can find work about 100 Rupees a day ( about 2 US dollars). "My husband and eldest son would really appreciate the chance to earn some extra money from a cycle rickshaw" It is possible especially on market days to earn 250 to 300 rupees
on that day alone, a big extra help to us. "We do not own any land and cannot get loans so please help us"
It should be also mentioned the Trust will provide training with Basic English and help with Insurance for the new rickshaw owners. Families have been carefully selected by our teachers who are members of the local communities and vetted by our staff as those most in need and able to benefit from this new opportunity to earn. We have five families waiting.
GlobalGiving is matching donations on October 17th, a good day to give!
We would reach out to clubs or groups families, or maybe classes in schools to raise funds to buy one cycle rickshaw to help a family below the poverty line raise funds for themselves and improve their lives.
We would be happy to paint it in your schools or organisations colours and paint a donated by message. Its $250 to buy one!!
So, hopefully we can get going!
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