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Ms Saradha - Fair Trade Premiums Pay for Healthcare

An Operation Paid for by Fair Trade Premiums

Ms Saradha, aged 48 has been working for 25 years as a field worker at the rubber tree nursery at New Ambadi estate in India. Her husband has some health problems so her and her sons must pay for the family’s upkeep. Her 21-year-old daughter, Sandhia, is married and her 19 year old son, Samil Kumar is studying electrical engineering and doing well. The family lives in a very modest brick house with three small rooms, the kitchen is a constructed of planks and has a plastic roof reinforcing the simplicity of the structure.

The house has electricity but the family still have to fetch water from a neighbours’ well. In January 2009, Ms Saradha had to have an operation; although her health insurance only paid RS 4000 of the RS 7000 bill. However with the help of our Fair Trade Fund the balance of the bill was paid and Ms Saradha is now fully recovered.

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Published 11/10/11

Photo(s) ® M.Kunz Fair Deal Trading