Giving wings to dreams, B.Tech graduate turns ‘pappad’ seller in Alappuzha
Ambalapuzha: Safeeq who passed Mechanical Engineering with 84 percent marks is popular at Mullakkal street as ‘pappad’ seller. He started the business to meet his daily expenses when he was a B.Tech third semester student in 2016.
At present, he is studying Diploma in Oil and Gas at a private institute in Ernakulam. After his classes, he will arrive at Mullakkal street with bundles of ‘pappad’.
Safeeq is son of Ambalappuzha native VM Sherafudeen and EK Subaida. As his family was struggling amidst of debts, expense on his education became another burden. Following this, he was forced to start a business to find his own income. Earlier, he collected ‘pathimugam’ (sappanwood), a herb from a friend’s shop and sold it in other shops. On the first day, he earned a profit of Rs 15 from the business. Later as advised by a friend, he purchased household items and started to sell it from door to door.
‘Pappad’ sale was his third business. He wanted to sell the best pappad as it is the most wanted food item in all houses. Apart from door to door service, Safeeq opted Mullakkal street as his spot of sale.
“When I started my pappad sale, rain interrupted it on the first day itself. I took shelter at a vegetable shop to keep the pappad safe from rain. With the shopkeeper’s encouragement I vowed to continue the business. From then, I never had any bad experience in it,” said Safeeq.
“A packet worth Rs 40 includes 40 pieces of pappad. I earn an average profit of Rs 500 daily. I can easily earn Rs 10,000 excluding the expenditure per month,” Safeeq explained his success story.
His brother Safeer who is also a mechanical engineer is working in Oman.
“Now, I want to get employed soon and I got another dream too. When I achieve it, everyone will be surprised," said Safeeq with determination.