After failing twice, Sarath fights odds with home delivery of vegetables
Thiruvalla (Pathanamthitta): Though his attempts to survive was sabotaged twice by the lockdown, Kallungal native K S Sarath is never ready to give up. The 30-year-old is now trying home delivery of vegetables for a living. Instead of losing hope, the young man is showing the world that hard work can lead to success one day.
First, Sarath was planning to go abroad for a job when the first phase of COVID lockdown was imposed. He had received the visa for aluminium fabrication work in Gulf and was to fly by March. However, the lockdown turned out to be a heavy blow on his dreams. He had borrowed money from many people to arrange visa and other expenses. All these efforts were in vain and he was in crisis.
Later, he started a vegetable stall in Manippuzha. The sales improved gradually. Unfortunately, a COVID affected lorry driver from Tamil Nadu reached Ramapuram market in Thiruvalla and the market was closed. Also the street vendors in the area were evicted as part of precaution. Thus Sarath's stall also was shut within a few days. As he belonged to a poor family, it led to further crisis.
Following this, Sarath decided to start door delivery of vegetables. He delivers vegetables within 20 minutes of taking order through phone. He also promoted the sales through social media. As lockdown was imposed in two wards in the municipality, many people call for vegetables, Sarath said. He gets vegetables from Chengannoor early in the morning.
Sarath also gets help from his friend Ranjith Krishnan, an auto driver. He manages to make a daily income of nearly Rs 3000. Knowing Sarath's difficulties, Chittezhuth B Ramesh Kumar who rented a showroom near Manippuzha temple complex offered him the shop.