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.