30-year-old Sukhram Motiram Jamunkar, belonging to Ekzira
, a tribal village
in Amravati district of Maharashtra was affected by leprosy at a young age. The stigma around the disease was so severe in his village that people boycotted him and barred him from attending all social activities. Illiterate and with no job skills, Sukhram found it difficult to provide for the needs of his family. Encouraged and supported by
The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) Udaan Project
, Sukhram started a small business of selling artificial jewellery and stationery items. With Rs 3oo he earned daily, Sukhram lived a comfortable life with his wife and daughter.
But the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown
, his business dried up and he went broke. He sat idle at home for two-and-a-half months and his meagre savings were spent on running the household for a few weeks. But for the dry ration and grocery items provided by NGOs, he and his family would have perished.
As the lockdown is being lifted, Sukhram wants to restart his business. With no savings left, he is at his wit’s end. A flustered Sukhram says, “The lockdown destroyed my hope and my life. Now, I’ve to restart my business, for which I need around Rs 25,000. If I can’t raise this amount, I’ll end up on the street begging for food.” TLMTI
works with such individuals to
start small businesses to have a decent livelihood. And there’s a way you can help.
Make a donation now so that you can help Sukhram kickstart his business so that he would be able to put food on the table.
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