Written By: Proshin Ghosh, Sr. Programme Officer, Kolkata
“We have set up a small hotel without taking any loan” said Sevadayi Mondal, from Tinbati Colony Slum.
Siliguri, West Bengal: Sevadayi is around 60 year old. She is a domestic worker and finds it hard to meet ends with her meagre income. She and her two friends planned to open a small hotel to cater to the high demand from local rickshaw pullers, street vendors. However, the local bank refused to provide loans to them as they have no land patta.
As members of the Tinbati Slum Development Committee, a collective formed by Hriday, one of our partner organisation under Samaveshi Sheher programme, serious initiatives were undertaken towards their income amelioration. Sevadayi and her two friends from the collective were provided trainings on running small business. Strengthened by the training and encouraged by the collective members, Sevadayi and her two friends invested Rs.2000 each and started the small initiative. Currently, their daily income is Rs. 200 – 300 each, which is supplementing their earning as domestic workers. The three women have shared that the increase in income has helped to a certain extent towards improving the quality of their life and also their families.