Measures taken to control the spread of coronavirus in Thai;and have hit informal workers the hardest. Workers like street vendors, motorcycle taxi drivers, domestic workers, and home-based workers are taking health risks every day to keep working and support their families. Their small businesses are suffering huge economic losses: many report earning just 20% (or less) of their pre-crisis income. Some have lost their incomes totally, and some are spending extra to purchase personal protective equipment.
Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT)’s mission is to organize and empower women in poor communities to improve their habitat. A quality habitat is a home with all basic services such as clean water, toilets, electricity, and adequate light and ventilation. It is a key financial asset that supports livelihoods, and makes the poor more resilient to heat stress, disease, and other hazards of climate change.
The COVID Lockdown has disturbed the livelihoods of millions of informal workers across the country, including domestic workers, street vendors and construction workers. Their children are some of the worst affected in these troubled times. Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust, through Sangini Cooperative, a SEWA childcare initiative, are redirecting our efforts to feed these children in their time of need.