The Crafts People

The Crafts People

Piece Rate Feels Fairer Than Daily Wages

Kaliamma who works in Blue Mango Trust, Tamil Nadu S. India tells us something about her life.

When I was five years old I had an eye infection and instead of taking me to the hospital, my parents went to a native doctor. My right eye is now covered with a white film and is permanently blind. I had studied only until 8th grade, then stayed at home until it was too hard on my parents to support me. In 2007, I joined Blue Mango. It was my first job.

My brothers and sisters are all married. I am disabled and can’t get married. Anyway I don’t care because a husband would probably mistreat me since I am half blind.

I like Blue Mango because it has a good atmosphere. The food is good, especially on the days they give us millet instead of rice. I like the piece rate instead of the daily wage because it seems fairer.

But what I like most about Blue Mango is the savings. Every month I put some of my salary into the bank to which I also add my bonuses. We get a bonus every 3 months. I have saved a lot of money in the last few years and am really proud of that.

My family never asks me to give them money from my savings. For this, I am happy.


Sep 2015

MESH buys soft toys, jewellery and other fashion accessories from Blue Mango Trust


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