By Brian Campbell, Director of Creative Services
Pune, India— Before the first call of birds, the morning is greeted by the beeping of horns. Little auto rickshaws and scooters buzz through the streets of Pune, and vendors – selling all sorts of goods – prepare their services for the day.
Outside his tidy, modest home, *Sanjay arranges green pears on his cart. A smile breaches his face as he talks about his family and his small, successful fruit stand – the stand he utilizes to keep his family together and his children in school. His daughter, *Ahsha, stands beside him in her crisp, clean uniform ready to start her school day. She stands tall and proud, practicing a few common English greetings and beaming with satisfaction at our group’s approval. A smile and a glow of pride overtakes Sanjay’s face.
Today, Sanjay’s family, thanks to Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK), is thriving.
Just a few months ago, however, this scenario didn’t seem likely.
The family struggled under economic pressures. Sanjay’s future as a truck driver was uncertain, and his children, in order to put food on the table, almost had to quit school and join the workforce. Identified by community input and social workers from BSSK, Sanjay was provided with a micro loan to start a fruit stand business.
Today, long-term stability is a reality for this family. Sanjay looks forward to growing his small business and even plans on purchasing a motorized truck for selling and buying fruit. His son plans to graduate and become a police officer, and his daughter is looking forward to completing the 5th grade.
The fruits of family preservation and child sponsorship.
*names have been changed