Leaving beggary behind, I’m now self sufficient: Kishan
Originally a native of Rajasthan, Kishan Singh’s father had migrated to Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh quite a few decades ago and had set up a residence in a slum in Sitapur. In 2010, young Kishan arrived in Lucknow in search of work. Working as a daily wage labourer, he managed to earn about Rs. 250 a day. But at times when he would find no work, and had to go to sleep on the pavements, with an empty stomach. One fine day, he came to know that the Hanuman Setu Mandir had been serving meals twice a day to the needy. Thereafter, whenever he would not find work, he would go to the temple to have his fill. Influenced by bad company, he soon developed the habit of intoxicants too. His life was soon subsumed into the vicious cycle of begging and addictions.
But a few months later, he came in contact with the Badlav team and they helped him to leave behind a life of beggary and with their help, he soon set up his own stall and started selling vegetables. Kishan now manages to earn Rs 500-600 a day, and lives a respectful and fulfilling life.