Dharavi is a locality in Mumbai, india, which hosts one of the largest slums in the world. Estimates vary but it is said to have between 700,000 and 1 million inhabitants. In this informal settlement, which is home to a multitude of businesses of every kind, fires and other disasters are common.
The latest took place a couple of months ago.
On January 4th, a fire broke out in the Naya Nagar neighboorhood, burning in the process not only forty houses, clothes, furniture. It destroyed tablets, smartphones, laptops as well: the ‘weapons’ by which a number of teen girls, part of the Slum Innovaton Project, were trying to build a better future for themselves.
The group was born from the initiative of Nawneet Ranjan, a young film-maker who, after shooting four years ago a short documentary called Dharavi Diary, felt that just raising awareness about the difficult living conditions of the slum’s inhabitants was not enough.