Santosh Chowdhury had been saving for a fridge for 10 years.
The Calcutta tailor finally made the much-awaited purchase earlier this month, making him the first person in the village of Rameshwarpur to do so.
"Ours is the first generation to own a fridge in my family," Chowdhury told BBC News. “No one in my father’s and grandfather’s time had ever seen one.”
Saving for a fridge was no easy task. Chowdhury makes only three to four dollars a day as a tailor and part-time factory worker. A refrigerator costs more than a month’s wages.
While 99 percent of households in developed countries have refrigerators, only one in four of India’s home have them, BBC News’ Sanjoy Majumder reported.
Chowdhury’s wife, especially, longed for the appliance that would ease her daily workload. With no ability to store leftovers, Sushoma had to cook rice on a wood fire every day. Likewise, she and her husband would have to shop for vegetables daily.
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