Dharavi, or as the locals call it, the 5 star slum, is the definition of thriving in less than ideal conditions. It wasn’t the poverty you’d expect with anything associated with the word slum. Residents have band together to create a community equipped with housing, schools, temples and jobs. The combination of their recycling programs with their businesses of locally made products such as leather, pottery and textiles has this industrious machine making almost $1 billion annually!

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