Mahavir’s small makeshift hairdresser shop got swept away in the Kosi floods. Tired of living in relief camps for weeks, with no source of sustenance he didn’t know how to rebuild his life. After the Kosi floods, Goonj identified people who either had low investment occupations like Mahavir or were interested in starting one. Goonj contributed basic occupational kits to them. In return, people would need to do some shramdaan (voluntary labor) for their own community. More than 30 different kinds of local skills were identified and kits made accordingly. Vaapsi was thus born.
When Mahavir got a hairdresser kit under Vaapsi, he started afresh with renewed vigor and set his shop once again. Within six months he expanded his shop; bought large mirrors, new benches and chairs. #Vaapsi #livelihood kits acted as an asset for many flood hit people in Bihar. This first of its kind effort by Goonj was to give the flood hit people a much needed nudge which would stop the tide of migration, one of the big fallouts of a disaster.