What an amazing, selfless family!
An Indian man has done something amazing—rather than throw a lavish wedding for his daughter, he used the funds he had set aside for the occasion to build a development of low-income houses for struggling families in his area. Check out the whole story here.
A Big Investment
The development is estimated to have cost over $220,000 and includes 90 units for underprivileged families in Maharashtra. The original plan was to build 108 units, but due to hold ups with construction, only 90 were completed in time for the wedding. The tenants were picked based on three simple criteria: they must be poor, currently living in a slum, and they were ineligible if they had an addiction of any kind.
A Step Up
The homes are by no means spacious—each unit is 120 square feet, which is about the size of a college dorm room—but they’re certainly a step up from the slums that the residents had been living in previously. The development has electricity and access to filtered water which may not sound like much, but considering India’s significant poverty problem, is quite a big deal. Indian Express reported that one of the new residents remarked that ease of access to “basic needs like water and electricity” is changing the lives of her family.
The father of the bride Ajay Munot’s decision is made even more inspiring in light of other recent events in the country. Earlier this year, another wealthy businessman came under fire for the lavish wedding he threw for his daughter that included immense building projects and unimaginable feasts. This wedding was thrown against the political backdrop of a country in the process of demonetizing high-value bank notes, per an announcement from PM Narenda Modi around the same time.