Yesterday we visited Dharavi, the biggest slum of Mumbai.
It was a very eye opening experience, cause we learned, that living in a slum doesn't mean that people are totally poor and suffer from it.
Dharavi is actually very well organized and like a small city in a city.
It has a leather, plastic recicling, cardboard sorting, clay and food industry.
There are hospitals, restaurants and a school and no one there has to beg for money, everyone has a job.
Working in the plastic industry can be very hard, though, because of the toxic materials and damps, men that work there only have a life expectation of 50-55 years when they start working there in their 20s.
Most of the women of the slum work in the food industry or have a job outside Dharavi as a maid.
The definition of a slum is only: an area that belongs to the government where people built houses on.
We are really happy that we did this tour, there was a lot of interesting information, it was impressive to walk through Dharavi, the people in the slum are not at all unhappy to see you and 80% of the money you pay for the ticket goes to the slum school. So if you'll ever be in Mumbai, I can totally recommend you to book it.
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