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Beggar Becomes Bean Seller

A 46-year-old beggar of Jittu Estate in Raiwaqa was yesterday beaming as he could now independently provide for his family. Umesh Chand, a father-of-four, has been begging on the streets
24 Feb 2015 10:19
Beggar Becomes Bean Seller
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (left), with Umesh Chand yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

A 46-year-old beggar of Jittu Estate in Raiwaqa was yesterday beaming as he could now independently provide for his family.

Umesh Chand, a father-of-four, has been begging on the streets for the last 12 years.

He was yesterday visited by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, and presented with a bean cart.

This is through the Government’s Sustainable Livelihood Programme.

Mr Chand was grateful to the ministry for assisting him and said the cart would enable him to earn a daily income without having to beg.

“For the last 12 years, I had begged on the streets, having to suffer in the rain and hot sun. I am thankful that we have a caring and compassionate government because with this new bean cart, I will be able to sell beans, Indian sweets and earn income for my family.”

Mr Chand used to work as a labourer at the Labasa Sugar Mill before he got paralysed which forced him to beg on the streets.

Meanwhile, Ms Akbar said the assistance would go a long way in empowering families to become financially independent.

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