Like others who were relocated to the remotely located resettlement colony of Savda Ghevra, Sudhma struggled to build a permanent shelter for her family and seek basic infrastructure services like water, sanitation and electricity.
Renu Ben, a domestic worker and didn’t have a ration card. She hadn’t been paid in March and April and her family was running very low on rations. The local SEWA team informed her about the e-coupon system that SEWA Delhi lobbied for, which would allow those without the necessary documentation to avail ration services. It required registering for an e-coupon.
In October 2018, SEWA Delhi organized a ‘My Fair Home Campaign’- in New Ashok Nagar, Delhi; a place that is home to approximately 3000 women domestic workers.
The concerns arising through the lockdown are endless; displacement, hunger, lack of shelter and distress with employment being the most paramount. With everyone held up indoors, there has been a significant rise of domestic violence cases reported across the country. One of SEWA’s community members, Manju Ben reported the same in one of the meetings. She was being abused by her husband and sister-in-law.
Families living in lane number 200 of Jahangirpuri’s B Block had always stepped inside their homes with muddy shoes. Dirty water overflowing from clogged drains along the lane would meander down, making its way inside the homes of those living on the ground floor.
B1 jhuggi (slum) was established around 1984 as part of Raghubir Nagar, which lies in West Delhi. For over 10 years now, the main road, on the corner of which B1 jhuggi is settled, has had streetlights. Over the years, these have been upgraded on multiple occasions, but they function erratically, leading to accidents, multiple cases of theft, as well as harassment.
Suman behen is a 36-year-old mother of four, wife, and micro-entrepreneur in Jahangir Puri. About 6 months ago, she purchased an e-rickshaw and began a driving service. Being her own employer allows her to earn a living and prioritize her family.