A businessman has put the money he would have spent on a lavish wedding ceremony for his daughter to an inspirational use coming out of India.
Ajay Munot, who made his fortune in the trade of cloth and wheat in the Aurangabad district, had been intending to spend around £95,000 on festivities to celebrate daughter Shreya’s nuptials.
But after a friend’s suggestion, he decided to spend the money on building houses for the homeless, the Indian Free Press Journal reports.
Munot’s funds have resulted in the creation of 90 homes on two acres of land, all for rough sleepers.
Ajay Munot told The New Indian Express: “This is the new chapter in history and I hope that the same concept will be followed by the other rich communities.
“We have some responsibilities towards our society and we tried to comply with it.”
His daughter Shreya told ANI News her father’s gesture was the “biggest gift for her wedding.”
According to reports the happy couple handed out keys to the new homeowners after their wedding ceremony.
According to the Indian press, Munot set three criteria for the beneficiaries of the homes. They needed to be poor, currently living in slums, and do not have any sort of addiction.
Each home is 12 by 20 square feet, has two windows, two doors, light fittings, and are painted.
Not only did the bride support the plan, so did her groom.