Mr Dadmanabhan (aged 58) has also benefited from the Fair Trade fund. He has been working as a rubber tapper for 38 years. He has two sons (aged 25 and 23 years respectively) and one daughter
The younger son, Mahesh, who had trained to become a driver, had just received his licence and was looking for work, when one day his motorcycle hit a pothole and he was flung onto the side of
the road. Furthermore, his motorcycle landed on top of him, and he suffered a broken hip. To make matters worse the health insurance, which his parents had, only covered children up to the age of
19. The costs of having the hip fixed amounted to Rs. 200.000, and even nine months later, Mahesh still has a pronounced limp. He is also still looking for work.
The Fair Trade premium fund at least helped keep the financial damage within limits by providing Rs. 100.000 in support, which were particularly helpful in the first stages of emergency medical