There is nothing subtle about Dharavi. The sight, smell and sound coming out of Asia’s biggest slum are in your face. So are the numbers. The 530-acre land produces 200,000 wallets, hand bags and briefcases every year. There are 1000 garment-making workshops employing 40,000 people and the 1000 pottery units have an annual turnover of around 4 million USD.
Dharavi is also nothing if not enterprising: entrepreneurship sprouts on the roadside and developing inside tin sheds that can barely hold three grown-ups. Money is made if there is an opportunity to make it and openings are created and expanded. And each section has a guru, an individual who arrived here with dreams in his eyes and then shaped a world out of those