Sagun Kishor runs her little tea shop with pride!
“Today I earn enough to provide for my family. This makes me very happy. "....says Sagun Kishor
Sagun Kishor has locomotor disability. She was disabled in early childhood by polio. Sagun lives in Janakpuri with her husband and 4 children. Sagun is the sole bread winner of the family. Her husband does not work and spends his time on drinking.
Sagun says, “With my primary school education it was my dream to give my family a comfortable life. I worked as a labourer. I was not able to earn enough to feed my family because of my disability.”
Sagun continues her story, “I decided to run a tea-stall with the hope of earning more money. I took a loan of Rs.5000/- from one of my relatives and set up a tea-stall on the footpath. But the police started harassing me. They damaged my stall several times. I was very discouraged. One day the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) officials came and hauled me away with all my belongings. I went to the MCD office and requested them to return my goods because I was not doing anything wrong. I am just trying to feed my family I told them. But they would not listen.”
Sagun narrated her sad story to one of the shopkeepers nearby. He guided her to EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief), New Delhi, which is one of the partners of EUIL (European Union India Livelihood) project.
Sagun says, “This is how I met the EUIL’s LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre) team. I discussed my problems with them. I shared my aspirations too. LRC team registered my name and I underwent counseling.”
My Journey with EU-LRC
“On 22nd April 2017, I attended their ‘Ready to Succeed’ training. I was very motivated. I was encouraged to renew my efforts in setting up my own little business. EU LRC team helped by providing me with materials worth Rs.3578. They also supported me in setting up my own petty tea shop.”
“Today I earn enough to provide for my family. This makes me very happy. I am hoping to increase my profits in future. The reason for my success is EU-LRC. The team also guided me in applying for a MCD booth for supplying tea under the disability quota. I have now sorted out all my documents and submitted them to the concerned office. I am waiting for a positive response from the government,” she says anxiously.
EU LRC team is satisfied. They watch over a confident and smiling Sagun. She seems satisfied with her self-employment. The team finds her to be hardworking and sincere. They wish her all success in her endeavors. She will be a source of inspiration for other people with disability!
EUIL project is being implemented in Delhi, and in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with the help of 5 project partners, of which EFICOR (Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief Delhi) is one.
The project was started in January 2016 with the aim of providing employment and livelihood to 5000 people with disability during its 3-year duration.