Detrimental Impact on Wage Earners
Chitra, 42 years of age suffered from cataract in both her eyes. She only noticed that her vision was deteriorating when she couldn’t read the numbers on the bus. Being a wage earner, it affected here lifestyle and she wasn’t able to do the daily chores in the house. She learned of the free eye camp conducted by Sankara Eye Foundation and attended it. At the camp, she was diagnosed with cataract and transported to the base hospital for treatment. Post-surgery Chitra is back in the fields taking care of the banana and vegetable cultivation. Sankara’s efforts contribute directly to poverty reduction by reversing decreased productivity and social isolation that people experience when they lose their sight. Needless to say, with better vision and her new-found confidence Chitra’s output has also increased.