A leprosy village in India
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The Project
Areas of work, trades and business statistics of Little Flower

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.

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
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