Food For Two

Food For Two

Manjuben Suhasbhai Rathod is a migrant worker from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, living with her husband in a kachcha hut in Ahmedabad’s Akaldevnagar for the last 20 years. Her daughter is married and lives with her husband in Kolkata (West Bengal).

Manjuben works as a domestic help and earns around Rs 3,000 a month. Her husband works as a security guard on-call, which means he earns a daily wage only when called in to work. Losing both sources of income for two months through the lockdown soon meant hardships for them and the community they lived in. It meant there were fights over every meal of the day. In order to tide over those days, Manjuben and her husband were forced to spend whatever little savings they had; once again they fell into a debt trap.

“Oxfam India’s support brought us a great amount of happiness and satisfaction to us and so many families in our neighbourhood.” Oxfam India along with HCL Foundation distributed ration and hygiene kits to 1000 women migrant workers from some of the most marginalised communities especially dalits and adivasis, in Ahmedabad. This was directly implemented by Oxfam India with the help of an all-women’s distribution team. The kit includes ration for a family of five for at least a fortnight to 20 days as well as hygiene products such as sanitary pads, sanitiser and soap.

“I was most excited to receive bathing soap, which I used for the first time, and soya bean chunks as well. Soaring prices of basic vegetables such as potatoes and onions have made them unaffordable for us. The quality of all items in the kit you provided is so good and you have been so generous with the quantity of each item that it will suffice for a month for our family of two. We appreciate all that you are doing to help people like us in these challenging times.”

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