Street Vendors of Mumbai

 

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Hawking or Street vending is one of the means of earning a livelihood which requires minor skills and a low financial input to get started. A street vendor is a person who provides goods or services for sale to the public without having a permanent base or a shop, but instead work with a temporary static stalls or mobile stalls etc.There are about 2,50000 street vendors across Mumbai. Most of them were once engaged in better paid jobs in the formal sector while the others are migrants from small villages who have come to Mumbai so start a better life. The working day of a hawker is more than 10 hours. Though the hours are long, the income does not reflect the time or the effort. But they still work hard and try to eke out a living. Street vendors in Mumbai sell everything from fruits and vegetables to replica of branded merchandise products. Alot of the goods sold by street vendors such as leather items, molded plastic products, household goods and clothes are manufactured in home-based small-scale industries. This way, they support the employment of a large number of people from manufacturing to marketing.

 

 

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This project is the visual documentation of some of the street vendors I came across after I moved to Mumbai.