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Saturday, 3 February 2018
'Why one price fits all' does not work.
Why one price fits all' does not work.
In a village like Paalaguttapalle, the electricity is erratic. They women spent a day getting the things ready for the making the screen for screen printing and then the current failed. They tried to expose in sunlight, but the sun also played truant, and it was a failed process. The whole coat needed to be scrubbed away, and the screen, and the day put away.
I realized that if the voltage is erratic, the high power lamp can blow up, and then there may be no way to get it repaired even in Tirupathi, 70 km away, and it may halt the work till a replacement is got from Chennai. The costs will rise exponentially.
When the women went to Tirupathi to get the stencil and paints, the paints were not available, and there were asked to come again. Every trip means a day and the cost of the journey, with a 4km walk to the busstop thrown in.
When they need to collect the cloth or to post the bags, it is again a trip to Pakala, and as the busstop is 4km away, luggage will mean an auto overhead.
When one is a village, and a slightly remote village, life is all about overheads. When they link into the wider economics.
And a moral economics needs to factor all that in, top ensure some reasonable returns for the women. Not 'may the cheapest producer win'. This holds on every front, and in every narattive.
Just saying ...