Change a woman's life forever
There is estimated to be 10,000 people living on the pavements in Chennai. This is not homelessness, but pavement living. It is startling to learn that 75% of pavement dwellers have lived on the streets for 30 years or more.
However, an increasing number of women and families are seeking a better life for themselves and their children. Starting with secure accommodation away from the streets.
You see, "Even a bird needs a nest". Most often, this 'step up' is found in moving to the slums.
The slums provide lockable dwellings, most often a single room, with community support and access to services. Its a much safer place than the streets. After six months of 'permanent' accommodation, the Government permits the women to join a Self Help Group, open a bank account and access approved financial lenders. This is the first stride out of poverty.
Foxglove partners with Saraswathi Education Cultural Trust, a registered local NGO, to address the obstacles to families taking this step from the pavement to the slums.
It's not an easy decision to leave the pavement. It's been home for decades. And life will still be difficult. But for those who take the chance, the stories of life change are remarkable.
She makes her future.
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To support 100 women and families living on the streets of Chennai into affordable secured accommodation in a local slum community.