Alternative Livelihoods for 500 Rag Picker Families

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This project will help 500 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.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

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.

How will this project solve this problem?

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.

Potential Long Term Impact

Tiljala Shed will provide the necessary training and funding to lift 500 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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £11,664
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £40,466
Total Funding Goal: £52,130

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