The crisis that has engulfed cities is now spreading to villages and marginalized communities across India, who have almost no access to doctors and hospitals. The difficulty of tracking the virus in these regions is being compounded by the administration’s effort to obscure the on-ground reality. Global media coverage of India’s struggle with COVID-19 is waning. However, these communities lived in a precarious state even before the pandemic began and are now suffering a humanitarian crisis in parallel with the medical emergency that has taken over the nation.
The coordinator stood up with a heavy heart and headed towards Monaben’s house, not to recover a part of the 50k loan, but to share her pain…… There are 100s of such Monaben who either lost their family members or dried up their businesses and cannot repay their loans and struggle to survive along with the rest family members. Below is a glimpse of the rough estimate
Once a business owner, now looks for a one-time meal in misery
Dhrangadhra, Surendranagar, Gujarat, Sayraben, and her husband had a fruits wholesale business and employing 3-4 people. In the 2020 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, they incurred a huge loss in business. Sayraben took a small loan from PRAYAS of Rs. 70000. Previous to this loan she had already repaid four more loans in PRAYAS and was always on time while repayment. In the second wave of Covid, she almost lost her business and her husband had to take multiple loans from local lenders on high monthly interests to run the business and repay existing loans. The modus operandi of local lenders is known to all of us. They exerted a lot of pressure on the duo to pay back their loan. Mehanmadbhai, the husband of Sayraben could not withstand so much pressure from lenders and one day left the home without informing any of the family members. In huge debt, Sayraben shocked by the incidence of her husband's escape, leaving her behind with many financial and family responsibilities. Within few days she was forced to work as a laborer to feed herself and her family. The worst part is this, that in the current scenario even finding labor work is impossible. Somehow Sayraben is feeding her family and other chores amid a dark future in debt.
Out of this, we have shortlisted 250 families who have lost the bread-earning member and whose income has been severely affected due to the pandemic outbreak.
The idea is to help these families with a grant of Rs. 40,000 to help them with immediate expenses and solutions.
A small grant could be more than just a temporary solution for these families. It can actually help them get back on their feet and help them live a life of dignity while they find a stable source of livelihood.
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