A large community spread across five acres, the waste pickers in Kundalahalli live in homes made with tin sheets for walls and tarpaulin sheets as roofs. Each house pays a monthly rent of Rs 2,600, which includes water once a week and electricity once it gets dark.
The houses are separated by narrow pathways, which when not flooded by rainwater, double up as space to store water, dry clothes, grow plants and socialise. With no drains built-in, the men of the community dig shallow soak pits in front of their homes for kitchen water.
The community has a favourite shop, stocked with goodies. And a community doctor they trust.
In some exciting news, a new chaat corner has been opened by a couple following support and training from Saamuhika Shakti partner CARE India. It’s all hands on deck for this family of six, with the kids cleaning and cutting the veggies for their parents who make around 100 plates of chaat a day.
Join Saamuhika Shakti photographer Vinod Sebastian, as he takes us on a visual tour of this vibrant community.