Save Krishna From Loan Sharks

My house help Krishna is an adult 50+ year old man and father of a teenage boy. He lives in a slum and earns just enough after working graveyard shifts in a few houses to keep his family afloat. In the last 9 years that I have known him, our communication has been only about work. Today for the first time he requested to speak to me for 2 mins.

He looked terrified. He told me that he had to take a loan of 8 lakhs to get his 3 brothers married. All of them left the house without offering to help him clear the loans. To clear part of this loan, he took a further loan from a family he works with. The family forced him to mortgage his house as security and for the last few years have only been collecting interest on the principal amount, in effect turning him into a bonded labourer. For the last few days the other creditors have been hounding and threatening him to immediately pay off all their dues amounting to Rs.5 lakh, failing which there will be dire consequences. No bank is willing to give him a loan because he has nothing to keep as security.

Krishna folded his hands, trembled and was literally short of crying and begged me to help him raise funds urgently or arrange for an interest free loan. There was fear and helplessness in his eyes and I knew he has come to me as a last resort. I told him I would do my best to see how I can help him raise funds besides some amount that I will personally pay, not because I have a solution, but because I didn't want him to lose hope and take any drastic actions. I am even scared to think of what he may end up doing.

It pains me beyond words can describe to see a respectable man who is honestly trying to make a living to be pushed to the absolute limit of misery, humiliation and despair and all because he wanted to help his family. And it deeply angers and upsets me to see the inhumanity of rich people who thrive off the misery of those already on the brink of survival. To top it all, the financial system in our country that is not designed to help those below the poverty line.

I am attempting to raise the full amount of Rs 8,00,000 Lakhs so that he can be completely debt free and also get his house papers back. The meagre salary he earns is barely enough to meet his basic expenses and to provide for his son's education. It will take him years to be able to repay anyone, so crowd funding is the only way he can be rescued from ruthless loan sharks.

While its a day I feel really ashamed of being a human, yet it's only humans I can trust to help uplift other humans.

I am sharing Krishna's story in this human network, just in case any of you reading this feel you can help. I have always believed that the universe has strange ways of helping people, so this is just me still being hopeful for another human who is on the brink of losing all hope.

All funds collected will be given to Krishna and I will keep all donors who support this fund raising initiative to save Krishna from Loan sharks on how things go.

Since this is an urgent case, request you to please share this campaign widely in your networks. Any help from anyone is really going to go a very long way to free a human being from a life time of debt and bonded labour.








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18th May 2017
Hi donors,

Thanks a lot for your hearty contributions.
The last few days since I started the campaign to help save Krishna from loan sharks has given me a deep faith in the positive transformative power of human networks. When I started the campaign, I really did not know what to expect. But, the number of people who have reached out to help both with funds and with advice has been phenomenal.

So far, I have managed to raise Rs.1,13,111 through crowdfunding. One thing in particular that has struck me are the number of 'anonymous' people who have helped fund this initiative. I may not have a chance to personally thank them, but it is amazing to know some people just want to help others and prefer to stay unnoticed.

I have also raised an additional Rs.1,10,000 from family and by writing a letter to members of our Housing Society for whom Krishna has been doing miscellaneous work for the last 30 years. So, that is a total of Rs 2,23,111/- collected so far.

My initial crowdfunding target was Rs.8,00,000/-. Of that Rs.2,23,111/- has been met through crowdfunding and other sources. Still a huge amount is needed to clear off the debts

Thanks everyone for the support you have shown and I can only promise to try my best to ensure that Krishna has a fair chance at starting a debt free life where he has dignity, knowledge and security.

Keep supporting
Regards

 

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Rs.125,511
raised of Rs.800,000 goal

34 Supporters

14 Days to go

Payment options: Online, cheque pickups

Beneficiary: Krishna info_outline

Supporters (34)

A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
KP
Krishna donated Rs.2,500
SM
Sanjoy donated Rs.1,000

Reference Ms Sucharita Kundu/Kolkata who is my niece

SS
Sumit donated Rs.5,000
A
Anonymous donated $20
AJ
Akhil donated Rs.100

I am sorry for donating such little amount but I hope it helps.