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Nov 2, 2018

How you are feeding Kolkata's most vulnerable

Mansur and family
Mansur and family

This project provides regular rations of dry food to some of Kolkata’s most vulnerable families. Each family receives rice, dal, chick peas, oil and soy protein.  This means that the family does not go to bed hungry and that the children are better able to study.

Thank you so much for your support. We desperately need more funds to help more families. It costs just Rs1200 (£13 $US25) a week to keep a family from starving.

A report from one of our field workers:

Mansur  is 60 years old and is residing with his family members beside the railway line at Park Circus. Mansur cannot walk properly. Sometimes he works in Muslim burial ground (cemetery). His wife Saburjan is a beggar. She is 35 years old. She is handicapped and also has heart and liver problems. She earns Rs.50/ per day. There are five members in the family.

Rijabul  is the elder son of the family. He is 12 years old. Now he is in Metiabruz and works as a labourer. He contributes small amount to the family. But this income is not enough for running the household expenses. Sometimes the family goes to sleep without food. Raju  is the second son of the family and he is 10 years old. He studies in class I in a government primary School. He is average in his studies but trying to do better. Sometimes, he also begs for the support for his family. Khadem is the third son of the family. He is 5 years old. With this dry ration food support, the family will not have to starve now for a month. This emergency food support has fed the hungry from the city’s most vulnerable area and who are deprived of the basic facilities.

This emergency food support has proved to be of immense help to all these families. With your support these children can avoid child labour and remain in education.

Oct 18, 2018

How you have helped Dulari reach for a better life


Almost a year ago I reported here about 6 ambitious young women who were busy defying all expectations and about to embark on a university career.

Today I am delighted to report that they are all doing well and loving college life.  Back in November 2017, we were worried about Dulari. 

Like the others she had proceeded against the odds through the Islamia Girls High School (enduring class sizes of 150 and upwards).  She had been inspired by Sofia Khan, who had grown up in the same slum but had fought the system and is now a senior officer in the West Bengal Civil Service.  Determined to get into university, Dulari jumped at Tiljala SHED’s offer of free Sunday tuitions, passed her class 12 exams and won a free place to Bhawanipore College.

But her family was so poor that her parents wouldn’t be able to spare her for any more education, nor would they be able to provide her with the books, stationery, travel costs and other expenses she needed to be able to continue with her education.

Thanks to your generosity Dulari was able to join this sponsorship programme and all these costs are covered.  She wants to join the civil service, like Sofia.  You have given her the opportunity to make a success of her life.


Report from Shreya and Aamna who run the programme:

"Dulari lives with her family in a rented room at jannagar Road kol-17 Her father Md Alauddin he works as a Auto Driver and he earn very less Her mother Kharuinisa she is a house wife .They are four sisters all of them are studying in school. At present she is studying in B.A 1st year at Bhawanipur education society college it’s a famous collage at Kolkata. She said thanks to GlobalGiving Project for her support now she is getting everything .Before getting the sponsorship she was in Anjuman Islamia Girls High School during that time she faces many problems it’s a big challenge for her to complete her education her family is very grateful to GlobalGiving Education. Hopefully she will complete her graduation."

At college, changing lives, changing the world
At college, changing lives, changing the world
Sep 14, 2018

How you helped Nek change her family's fortunes

Nek and her husband
Nek and her husband

Nek lives in a shelter on a narrow strip of land running through one of Kolkata’s “canals” – they are in fact open sewers. She is 35 years old, a mother of five and lives with her husband and four of the children.
She and her husband have a small tailoring business but they have struggled to support their large family on the Rs200 (£2.13, $2.80, Eur2.38) they managed to earn each day. Nek says “Sometimes we used to go to sleep hungry”.

Last December, Nek applied for a loan under Tiljala SHED’s Alternative Livelihood programme. With the Rs20,000 (£213, $2.80, Eur238) she bought a new sewing machine and an overlocker machine. She and her husband have been able to improve their efficiency with these new machines and now earn Rs500 per day. This has made a huge impact on family life and prospects for the whole family.
• They can eat regular nutritious meals. “We eat fish or chicken 4 days a week” says Nek. This is considered a ”privileged meal” within the community
• They can purchase new clothes occasionally, especially for festivals (an important tradition in which the ultra-poor are unable to enjoy)
• Nek has started saving a little money each month
• She has purchased her own electricity meter
• She is keeping the youngest children in education and spending what is necessary on books and uniforms.
Moreover, Nek has already repaid the original loan (with interest) and is keen to take out a further loan. Nek’s experience shows how access to cheap credit, through responsible microfinance loans, empowers a family to change their own lives. Nek has not received any free handouts, just a helping hand so that she can grow her business and improve the lives of the whole family.

This project began in early 2016. The loans were entirely funded by GlobalGiving donors like you. Since then your generosity has changed the lives of 330 destitute families in central Kolkata.

• Total beneficiaries 330
• Total of loans disbursed Rs 5,265,004 (£56,000 $73,500 Eur 62,700)
• Total of new loans from the revolving fund Rs2,829,000 (£330,200 $39,500 Eur 33,680)
• Total Number of *CIGs 44
• Loan Recovery rate 98%

*Credit Interest Group. Lending/borrowing is organised around these community-based organisations. Each of the 5 women in the group is responsible for all the others in the group. They support one another and recommend others for loans. It is a system which works very well indeed.

With two of their five children
With two of their five children
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