work in the village

work

About 225 people are employed on a full-time basis in Little Flower. In addition, 85 elderly and severly disabled people, who can only make small contributions to the community, do some type of work that is suited to their abilities and for which they receive a kind of pension.

Many young men work as rickshaw drivers outside of Sunderpur in Raxaul, as waiters in Birgung, as taxi drivers, as cooks in Duncon Hospital, … but still live in the village with their families. In line with Indian tradition it is mostly the daughters who leave Sunderpur to move to where their husbands’ families live. The sons, however, bring their wives home and so the sons of Little Flower stay in the village.

The wages in Little Flower are low, even for this state, which ranks lowest of all the states in India in terms of its standard of living. In contrast to this, Bihar boasts two superlatives: it ranks first in India’s statistics on literacy and available health care.
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It is important to point out that the following social benefits have to be figured into the people’s low base income in Little Flower:

  • free schooling for children
  • free health care in Little Flower itself and if necessary at nearby hospitals
  • inexpensive groceries
  • the houses people live in are their property

Everyone in the village is thrifty, saving as much money as possible. The people have managed to raise their income by cultivating vegetable gardens, raising goats or hens, or selling their wares in little stores in the village. In this way all of the villagers can work on improving their future and making their lives a little bit more comfortable.

The 310 workers have the following jobs or work in the following areas:

  • 85 elderly and severely disabled
  • 45 at the hospital
  • 21 in maintainance
  • 31 in agriculture
  • 2 drivers
  • 2 electricians
  • 16 raise and take care of livestock
  • 3 carpenters
  • 1 fisherman
  • 2 shoemakers
  • 16 construction workers
  • 15 teachers at Little Flower’s primary school
  • about 40 people work in textile production (spinning, weaving, washing, sewing, ironing, etc.)

Dheng: 50 people work in agriculture.

Little Flower’s annual income

Income is generated by the following:

  • interest on savings
  • agriculture (sale of vegetables and sugar cane)
  • milk production
  • cattle breeding
  • fishing
  • production of of orthopedic shoes
  • production of tools and supplies
  • weaving
  • sales of jeeps

Income from milk production:

130 liters per day (1 liter sells for 14 rupees or 23 euro cents), which makes 40,886 rupees per month (€682.80). Total annual income = 4,074,400.00 rupees (€68,042.48)

This sum includes the value of the products that are produced and consumed in Little Flower itself and thus need not be purchased outside. This money is deposited at the bank, raising the village’s savings. The savings to the tune of 23,350,000.00 rupees (€389,945.00) continually generate interest, which raises the organisation’s total capital.

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