As India and the world prepare for any successive waves of COVID-19, many have still not recovered from the economic impact of the previous ones.

Moving forward, we should keep the needs and experiences of the most vulnerable at the center of our approach. While many have shown and continue to show tremendous self-reliance, there is a crucial need to reduce the burden of recovery on individuals.

This article details policy recommendations to ensure a more resilient future for India’s most vulnerable communities. It follows three business owners in India whose livelihoods have been crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic. All of them are participants of the our REVIVE initiative.