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Selling for a living: The Long Road Ahead
By Asmita Haq
11 pm, Dhaka at night: While riding in your luxurious car with the air conditioner on and the sound of the loud music resonating around your ears, you pulled down the window to experience the fresh night ai ... You looked out and noticed that on the streets were numerous people who loitered carrying various items even at this time of the night.
In Bangladesh, at night the streets are always buzzing with street sellerstrying to earn their livelihood. Their goal is not to create variety for the city residents,rather to create a place for themselves to survive and earn for their families.
Here is a short interview of one such person whom you might see walking down the streets trying to sell his lemons and earn a living. He wanted to be a government serviceholder, but he valued his siblings' desires more than his; so for their education and financial difficulties in the family, his mother sent him to Dhaka city to help his father and offer a helping hand to the only earning person in the family. Toknow more read below:
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where is your hometown?
What do you sell?
When did you come to Dhaka?
Who are you living with here?
Who are the other members in your family?
What does your father do?
Are you doing this work by choice or with the pressure of responsibility?
So at what time do you start selling?
Why so late at night?
How much do you earn in a day?
Is the amount enough to run the expenditures of your living?
In addition, from this amount, do you send some to your mother?
**NGO lends a particular amount to these workers on a periodic basis, which they later return on their earning**
Have you studied in school?
Why did you dropout then?
What was your ambition in life?
What would you like to do in the future?
Nayan has to walk the maze of the capital's streets the whole day and sometimes the whole night until the time he earns the amount that is capable of fulfilling his family's daily needs.
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