Financial Security for 100 Indian Families

by Tiljala Society for Humans and Educational Development


This project will help 100 of Kolkata's most vulnerable families to lift themselves out of poverty and provide a better future for their children. Tiljala Shed will provide seed funding, advice, vocational and business skills training for rag picker families, rickshaw pullers and others living in the city's most deprived slums and squatter camps.
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Surveys show that the urban poor of Kolkata exist on just 27p per day. Of the 70,000 living in illegal shelters beside sewers and railway lines, most are rag pickers, rickshaw pullers or pieceworkers. Illiterate and without ration or voter ID cards they have no voice and cannot break out of the cycle of poverty.


We will provide seed funding and training for artisans and entrepreneurs, help them access markets and trading associations. We will help rag pickers and rickshaw pullers through training, advocacy with the authorities and with funding to help them purchase their own vehicles. We will provide incentives for families to keep their children in school and out of the workplace through sponsorship and livelihood training. We will help all families apply for voter ID cards and access to govt help.

Long-Term Impact

Tiljala Shed will provide the necessary training and funding to lift 100 of the poorest families in Kolkata out of poverty. Through our interventions, the adults will be equipped to make a better living and their children will stay in education to ensure that the next generation has an opportunity to benefit from India's growing economy.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Tiljala Society for Humans and Educational Development

Location: Kolkata - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jane Manson
Kolkata, India

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