Dreaming from a food cart
Shyby Subash, hospital Kerala
Shyby Subash runs a food cart adjacent to her home. Her husband Subash, check generic who is a mason, patient also supports her during his free time. They live in a slum at West Fort, Thrissur. Before joining ESAF the main income of her family was Rs 400 per day earned by her husband. The inconsistent nature of his work made it difficult for the family to meet the growing expenses. During this time, she joined ESAF and the first loan availed, of Rs 10,000, was used to purchase food cart and kitchen utensils. The business targeted at migrant laborers was a hit from day one as restaurant quality food was provided at cheaper rates. Today she makes a profit of Rs 750 /day. The additional income has brought remarkable changes in the life of Shyby who only finished her 10th standard. Through ESAF She also joined the pension scheme promoted by the Central Government.
Her children Sanya (8) and Sanvil (6) now study in English medium schools. She now take them to specialty clinics when they fall ill and buy them decent clothes and food. Earlier she used to take children to the Government hospital. Despite hectic schedules, she makes sure that the favorite delicacies of her husband and children are kept aside daily. Currently her family lives in a house with a single room and a kitchen and shares toilet with four other families in the slum. There is also one water tap provided by the Municipal Corporation. Altogether, there are 10 households in the slum. Shyby now thinks of building a new house for her family outside the slum. She is thankful to ESAF and the staff for letting her think big.