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Bothimani, Visually Impaired Day Carer at Blue Mango Trust

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Bothimani write from Blue Mango Trust, Tamil Nadu, S. India

I have been visually impaired since birth. After my parents died, a neighbor took me in. She worked in a kitchen and brought home leftovers for me. After my sister’s husband died, I moved in with her but she didn’t feed me. Another neighbor heard that Blue Mango provides noon meals, so she brought me in. Until coming to Blue Mango, I often went hungry.

When I joined in 2008, I started with the beading but I wasn’t very good at it. I told the management that I like making kids happy, so they put me in charge of the daycare. I don’t have any kids of my own so this is a good job for me. Believe it or not, I am renting my own little house now. I am working hard and trying to earn good money.

I’ve never been married and I don’t ever want to be. Men are just useless. I want to continue at Blue Mango to save for my retirement. My dream in life is to own my house.

Bothimani
Sep. 2015

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