Duo makes umbrellas, pens with a strong mind but with a weak body
Kongad: Mind can wash away pains of the body. Venugopal and Krishnakumari of Thadukkassery are proving this through their life. Venugopal injured his backbone after falling from a coconut tree and Krishnakumari lost her ability to walk after being affected by Polio. Both of them earn by making umbrellas and paper pens.
Two years ago both of them turned to umbrella making after being inspired by the training program conducted by the Rotary Club, Ottapalam, under All Kerala Wheelchair Residents Federation.
The profit they get from making a single umbrella varies from Rs 50 to Rs 70. Manufacturing products and selling is done with the help of others.
Venugopal became immobile after he fell from a coconut tree 5 years ago. He resides in Keralasseri village. Continuous physiotherapy helped him get back the ability to move his hands. He makes a maximum of 4 umbrellas daily. Due to financial difficulties, Venugopal was unable to continue with the physiotherapy. He discontinued physio due to the mounting expenses and children’s studies.
Venugopal’s neighbour Krishnakumari lost her ability to walk at the age of one, due to polio. Before getting trained in umbrella making she used to stich clothes and make decorative mats. She lives under the protection of her elder brother. Umbrellas ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 450 are made by them. They both can cope up with the treatment expenses if they get a permanent customer.