Vijay Singh sits all day on a street corner in Colaba, Mumbai. He sells coconuts. 25 rupees each. He cuts the top off for you and gives a straw so that the customer can suck up the sweet cool coconut water inside. “The coconut is a gift from God. It is good for the stomach” he assures me.
He gets 100 coconuts delivered per day. They cost him 20 rupees each. Do the sums and he is not making a lot. Also he has to pay 6500 per month to rent his spot on the side of the road. A back of the napkin calculation shows he earns about 2.8 rupees on each coconut.
This is exciting for us – partly because it was a successful interview, and partly because we now have a persons story to help tell the story of the coconut.
As today is our last day in India I thought I would get some more of our Plant Stories business cards printed. It is great to be able to give people something after we talk to them so we made up some cards and it has been successful. The printer asked about what the project was so I interviewed him too. Tulsi (sacred basil). Result.
Thank you India. It’s been amazing.