Ajay Munot, an Indian business tycoon, set aside more thanÂ enough money for his daughter's wedding. But, rather than spend it all on extravagant flowers and lavish food, he decided to give his daughter and her new husband a gift that would last well beyond their big day. Munot bought two acres of land in India and built 90 houses for homeless people.
Each home is 12 feet by 20 feet with two windows, two doors and a painted interior. Access toÂ cleanÂ water is scarce in parts of India, so Munot made sure that each house hasÂ running filtered water.Â In order to be eligible to receive one of the houses, people must be very poor, live in a slum and have no addictions.
After their wedding ceremony, Munot's daughter, Shreya, and her groom handed out keys to the lucky people who would be living in the new houses. The bride told American Web Media that she was not disappointed that her dad didn't spend all of the money on her wedding.
"I am very happy with the decision and will consider it as my marriage gift," sheÂ said.
The generous and meaningful wedding gift has already made a real difference in people's lives. One woman living in one of the houses reportedly said she is happy now that she and her family don't have to worry about accessing basic needs, like water and electricity.
Originally, Munot wanted to build 108 homes, but only 90 were finished by the wedding dateâstill a significant and admirable contribution to the community.Â Munot, who amassed his fortune as a cloth and wheat trader, told American Web Media that he believes that all wealthy peopleÂ should do something generous to celebrate their children's weddings, rather than spending so much money on a party.
âThis is the new chapter in history and I hope that the same concept will be followed by the other rich communities,â he said. âWe have some responsibilities towards our society and we tried to comply with it.â