Woman panchayat member sells fish online through social media group for a living
Cherthala: “Friendship is my strength in fish selling … they are not my customers. I distribute fish to my friends in social media”, says 33-year-old Jasmin.
T S Jasmin, who is fondly called Manju among her acquaintances, is a member at the Pattanakkad panchayat. She is a graduate in BA English Literature. Her main earnings was from tutoring school children. However, her course of life changed when she ventured into fish selling with her friends’ encouragement.
Jasmin started selling fish one year before inspired from the friendship she formed at the coastal area. Since then, she began selling fish to her friends. When they shared it in social media, Jasmin's friends expanded with more buyers. Now, it has reached 457.
Her regular day starts at 4 am.
Everyday Jasmin arrives at the coastal area where fishing boats moor with its catches. She then posts the images of available fish and its price in the group. Friends who book the order will get the fish cleaned and cut delivered on their doorsteps. As Jasmin has no refrigerator facility, she finishes distributing them before noon.
Her consumer friends which was confined to Pattanakkad alone has now expanded to the entire taluk. Fish for the office goers is distributed in the evening. Jasmin has two helpers to clean fish and she would distribute them on her bike.
After 1 pm, she gets involved in the responsibilities of the panchayat and her ward.
Amidst all these, she is now preparing to study law.