From a driver of a rented rickshaw to an entrepreneur

Ramesh aged 30 years, and a father of four children, has lived in Jeevan Nagar slum community for many years. He used to drive a rented auto and would only earn about Rs150 ($2/ £1.50) per day. When he was ill and could not go to work, his family would go to sleep those nights without food.

About 9 years ago Asha intervened in Ramesh’s life. Asha assisted him in taking out a bank loan of Rs150,000 ($2148 /£1660) to buy a commercial vehicle to carry goods. This new source of income not only brought happiness into Ramesh’s life but also enhanced his confidence to expand his business. In a span of four years, he was not only able to repay the loan but was also able to purchase another commercial vehicle. In early 2019 Ramesh purchased an auto-rickshaw with the money he had been able to save.

Ramesh in his goods carrier
Ramesh in his goods carrier

Today Ramesh is the owner of three commercial vehicles that are enabling him to have a good standard of living. The loan he took out has transformed his life, and the lives of his family members. He is now in a position to provide an education for his four children, who are being raised under the wings of Asha. “My family has seen very bad days, but now I feel I am in a position to help others”.