‘I am able to fulfill my children’s wishes to some extent’

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 5 July 2017

HER STORY

Roadside vendor Sehra Irani tells us of her humble lifestyle.

I was 17, when I set up a roadside stall, selling cheaper variety of goggles (shades). I am 37 now, mother of four kids, and separated from my husband. I am still selling goggles, outside the Centurion Hotel, Shivajinagar. I am illiterate, and I only know how to sign my name on the documents.

HER STORY

Roadside vendor Sehra Irani tells us of her humble lifestyle.

I was 17, when I set up a roadside stall, selling cheaper variety of goggles (shades). I am 37 now, mother of four kids, and separated from my husband. I am still selling goggles, outside the Centurion Hotel, Shivajinagar. I am illiterate, and I only know how to sign my name on the documents.

I have no savings in my name; my daily earnings are spent every evening. But I am glad that I am able to fulfill my children’s wishes and needs to some extent. I have two sons and two daughters; one daughter is married, others are studying.

I have to be both, a mother and father, to my kids. I can’t rely on anyone to support me financially. My family depends on me.

So I am at my stall from 10 am to 7 pm. I buy my stock from Mumbai, where it is sold at lower rates. If it’s difficult to source material from Mumbai, I buy from the city’s wholesale market. The business dries up during rains, so I am waiting for weather to clear up. There are days when I don’t sell a single piece. But, now I have found a few regular customers. So I can take care of my family’s needs.

— As told to Ayushi Garg

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