Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families

by Tiljala Society for Human and Educational Development
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Alternative livelihoods for 500 ragpicker families
Mar 1, 2022

How Shila went from from earning $2.65 a day to becoming a homeowner

Shila
Shila

Meet Shila. She lives with her husband and her son Rohit near the Sealdah railway Colony in central Kolkata, India.  Her daughter married and left the family home three years ago. Shila and her family are very poor, but they are also hard working and determined to improve their lives. Rohit is in class XI: he is committed to staying at school and going on to college. Shila’s husband is a driver and earns about $132 a month. Shila used to work in a tailor’s shop and earned $2.65 a day. Life was a struggle.

But when Tiljala SHED established its Alternative Livelihood programme in 2016 Shila came forward for a loan and borrowed Rs15000 ($200) to buy a sewing machine. She set up her own tailoring business and immediately her daily income doubled.

She applied for and received a further Rs20,000 ($265) in 2020 in order to purchase stock and expand her business, which is now thriving. Shila has repaid all the funds she borrowed and has even been able to purchase an apartment for Rs15 lakh ($20,000). She is supporting her son’s education and is even able to build up her savings.

My colleagues say of Shila “She is a very enterprising woman” and “She is a good leader and helps us with collecting the loans”

Shila is an inspiration and a guide for other women who want to help their families by setting up a small business. And it is through your generosity that we can continue to extend this livelihood support to more and more women.

USD265 helps a destitute woman launch a small business. Once the loan is repaid it can be lent again and again.

Thank you for your generous support

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Tiljala Society for Human and Educational Development

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
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Jane Manson
Kolkata, West Bengal India
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