Life of the "Untouchables" or Dalets is very difficult. People just like this man in the picture doing the jobs most people would refuse to do and being paid less than $1 NZ for a hard and dirty days work.
The view from the Hill....Overlooking the Bhwandi Slum industrial looms in Mumbai
Industrial Looms in Mumbai
The sound coming from these factories was like the roar on the west coast.
Unlike the coast, it wasn't wave's making the noise but thousands of industrial looms. One employee works a solid 10 - 12 hours per day with no safety equipment or proper breaks, for a mere 330 rupee... $6.95 NZ per day.
Making Jewlery in Biwandi...
8 years ago I had the priviledge of traveling through India with the Tearfund team. We visited many of the projects that Tearfund supports. I will never forget meeting this lady in the Biwandi slum within Mumbai.
She works painstaking hard threading tiny beads to make jewelry for her employer to on sell in the markets. This brave lady makes 33 rupee's for 10 hours work each day. In NZ dollars 8 years ago this was the equivilent of just over $1 now with todays exchange rate $0.70c. We asked her what would her hard earned wages buy her....
She replied just a little amount of milk or half a bag of sugar :(
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