I have been with Hand in Hand India for 9 years now and this is my first job. Working with waste was not so easy and was looked down upon. Explaining what I do to my family and friends was even tougher. But I today I tell the 8 other people who work with me – ‘Do what work you do with grace and dignity’. I am proud that I contribute in my own way to society, and keep my home fires burning. My two sons have studied engineering and have just started work at private firms. My work has taken my family a long way, and I am grateful!