houses few of the most financially backward families in India. Communities from Khurda district in
rural Bhubaneshwar, Odisha slums lack even the basic amenities such as personal
water connections and toilets.
typical household in this setup consists of four members on an average- wife
and husband, and their two children. The women of these households are
homemakers, or are engaged in small-businesses such as tailoring, incense stick
making, petty shops or beauty parlours, while the men are usually away, working
in nearby towns and cities as carpenters, drivers, construction workers and
daily wage labourers. The women and men of these households together are able
to bring in no more than $90-$150 per month.
The younger members of this community go to local government
schools as their parents now understand the importance of education, and wish
for their children to have greater opportunities than they had themselves. For
higher education, students have to travel 1-2 hours every day to a nearby town.
Life remains full of tough challenges for these children despite their exposure
to education. The cramped houses with little to no ventilation do not make for
ideal places to study. Additionally, the girls do not receive the same kind of
support for pursuing their education and are often expected to help out with
In spite of these hardships, the children and their supportive
parents have not relinquished their dreams and aspirations. Milaap, through its
partnership with Mahashakti Foundation, will provide mothers from Khurda education loans for their children- to be able
to fund their tuition fees, stationery needs, textbooks, school uniform etc.
Local partner Milaap provides a loan to the Mahashakti Foundation that
must be repaid in 24 months.