Working as a supervisor for the Pushpanjali group has brought a certain amount of stability to Seema and her family’s life. Her husband is a rickshaw driver, but the work isn’t dependable. He must rent the rickshaw and on some days is not able to get one at all. When he does have a rickshaw available, his workday is limited due to injuries from an accident several years ago. Before she started with Pushpanjali about six years ago, Seema’s only job had been as a maid. Even with her work, it is a struggle to make ends meet, especially with health problems.
Seema would like to be able to do more for her children, who are adolescents. She can’t afford to send them to afterschool enrichment classes, but through SHARE they are able to participate in programs such picnics and football (soccer) lessons. Seema has high hopes for her children because they are able to receive an education. She also has a sense of humor about the future. “I tell [my daughter] to study hard as well, because we have worked all our lives in the heat, but I want her to work in an air conditioned office.”