Ramu Dosapati is a corporate HR executive. In 2020 heavy flooding and a COVID lockdown left many migrant workers in the Hyderabad region of India stranded without means of support. Dosapati lives there, and spent about $60,000 of his own savings to establish a Rice ATM, doling out rice and other necessities 24-7. He cashed in his retirement fund, but that's not all.
He'd been working to move his family into a larger home until he learned that another new group of migrant workers had arrived seeking aid. With his family's blessing, he put his new house plans on hold. "That's when my wife supported me and asked me to carry on with the initiative," he said. Since the Rice ATM opened last April, word of his generosity has spread. Support from outside sources now pours in, and he says he hopes to keep feeding those in need for a long time.
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