When home is a corner street island with one tree and surrounded by cars life is only going to get worse. There's no way out and no foreseeable government action to stop the cycle. Poverty is life. When all you have is a shirt, it's important that the buttons are properly done in place. As traffic goes by you count on someone to heat the food and hope there's enough to go around.
It looked like several families shared this corner, living on the handouts from begging.
India has paperwork and regulations for everything. It seems this even applies to how you secure your life in a tree on a street.