Losing the bread-earning member of a family can be disastrous to families in any strata, and if you are not economically privileged, then the problem becomes many-fold. Such is the case of Reshma Begum. Reshma's husband died about six months back, and she is left with a son to feed with no means to make a livelihood. Reshma's husband was an auto driver, and they were finding it difficult to make ends meet during the pandemic.
Her husband's death came as a severe blow to the already struggling family. Reshma says she used to do housework in many houses before the pandemic. However, once the pandemic struck, she was left jobless and could not find another one.
In the meantime, her husband passed away, leaving her clueless about earning money. Reshma thought about it and decided to sell vegetables. So, she mortgaged her anklets and got a vegetable cart on rent. She has been selling vegetables for two days now, but Reshma says that she is unable to make any money out of it.
However, she feels happy that she is able to feed her son. But she is unsure as to how long she will continue as she could make Rs 750 each day. Out of this, she has to pay the rent of the cart, save money to buy vegetables for the next day. She says she spent Rs 1500 on the first day and made only Rs 750.
Reshma says there are people who are facing much bigger problems than hers and shares that she even appealed to the government to help her so that she can feed her 4-year-old son. She says she is worried about her son's future as she has no idea how to manage herself and her son.