Savda Ghevra, Delhi, 2016
Savda Ghevra is a resettlement colony on the Western Periphery of Delhi. Around 50,000 families were resettled here from slums that were cleared for the construction of the new Aiport and infrastructure for the Commonwealth games in Delhi. The resettled residents of this neighbourhood suffered with a loss of livelihoods and were offered with very poor infrastructure. The Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) has been working on sanitation and water supply issues in the neighbourhood. I offered to start a local livelihoods program around carpentary and furniture building. This project was inspired by CUCULA, a migrant furniture company in Berlin. We partnered with another NGO operating in this area SEEDS, that offers training programs. We are training batch of 14 residents at one time to build DIY - flat-pack furniture set and also helping them train in toy making from waste that is left out of the process. We are also offering the trained carpenters with loans to start their buisnesses from their personal workshops and also support infrastructure to sell their furniture.
Under the government program of Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) another 50,000 dwelling units have been constructed in the vicinity of this area and we hope that this livelihood will help kickstart a local economy.