Photographer's Note

This is Kaliben. She is the sole breadwinner in her household of 6. She has four children and that is her husband at the back. Chelabhai (husband) had an accident some years ago, whilst at work - he used to drive a pedal rickshaw. This somehow left him unable to speak and work. Since then, Kaliben supports everybody in the household by collecting rubbish from the streets of Ahmedabad. She does this seven days a week, sometimes more than 14hours per day. She suffers terrible backpains as she is continuously bending over to pick things up and put them into her rag bag. She eats nothing all day, whilst her eldest daughter takes care of household duties in her absence.

They live next door to Nanda. After spending three months with Nanda, meeting Kaliben had a curious effect on me. She awakened something inside me. She is also physically beautiful.

Also for your information, Kaliben is Gauriben's sister.

Project: Underexposed - Lights in Dark Spaces

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