I could finally leave beggary behind: Ravi
Ravi, a native of Lucknow, left his home owing to some problems and brawls within his family and had been living on the streets since 2013. He searched for jobs and wanted to be employed but couldn’t find any, which paved the way for beggary. He begged for around a year outside temples and earned ₹50-₹60 per day; he told that the people who donated money to beggars, did so with a sense of untouchability, by throwing it from a distance. This hurt his self-respect deeply. Ravi met the members of Bhikshavratti Mukti Abhiyan a year ago at a Shani Temple situated behind the Clarks Awadh hotel, Lucknow. Soon after, he joined the Bhikshavratti Mukti Abhiyan because he felt encouaged by the mission of the organization.
He finally left beggary behing and currently he makes paper envelopes and sells them to local shops. On an average he manages to deliver 150 to 200 envelopes a day and charges ₹20 for 100 envelopes which earns him around ₹40 a day. Although this money isn’t sufficient in fulfilling daily needs but it makes him feel dignified and encourages him to work harder and live with self-respect.