The other side of India's IT capital.
Aside from writing, I commission and edit stories for the International Network of Street Papers (INSP).
Founded in 1994, INSP is an inspiring charity that supports and develops over 100 street press projects in 40 countries, in 24 languages, with a combined readership of 6 million per edition.
Street publications are independent newspapers and magazines that provide employment opportunities for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Vendors buy copies at a price of 50% or lower than the cover price, then sell them, keeping the proceeds. In addition to employment, many INSP members offer their vendors ongoing social support.
INSP supports the sustainability of its members through a news service that provides free stories and editorial support to members, in order to build their capacity and increase sales so that thousands of homeless vendors - 200,000 so far - can improve their lives.
INSP stories highlight social injustice and human rights issues and have been republished by - among others - The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, Sunday Herald, Al Jazeera and the BBC. (For more info on INSP please visit - www.street-papers.org)
Scots photographer, Simon Murphy, and INSP's news editor, Danielle Batist, recently visited Bengaluru to document the living conditions of some of the poorest people in the world. Their work was published by The Guardian -
For more information on INSP please visit - www.street-papers.org
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