Class 9 girl's earning from selling FASTags is what keeps her family afloat
Kochi: Shahreen Amaan, a teenager is selling FASTags near the toll plaza to keep her family’s hunger at bay. She is the only ray of hope for her poor family, consisting of her mother Shahnaz who is a sweeper and a nine-year-old differently-abled brother, Arfaz.
She used to sell ‘Kulukki sarbath’ in a small shop located on the roadside. She became a FASTag seller after the shop had to close due to lockdown. Shahreen is a class 9 student at RPM High School in Kumbalam.
“I started working at 'Kulukki sarbath' shop after I realised that my family cannot go forward with the meagre amount that my mother earned through her sweeping job. Later, I opted for the job of a FASTag seller. I get Rs 150 for each FASTag that I sell. On some days, I may be able to sell 3 or 4 tags. On other days, I can’t even make one sale. I attend school from morning to noon, have lunch from there and then come here to sell FASTags. I will feel hungry by evening, but when I think about the money, I resolve not to buy anything,” says Shahreen.
Shahreen’s teacher, Shirley said that Shahreen is very smart when it comes to the matter of her studies. She aspires to become an IPS officer. She has two great desires. She wishes to find a job that will enable her to find the fund for her brother’s treatment. Arfaz has undergone four surgeries including one for the heart. Her second desire is to build a house for them to live in. Shahreen, her mother and her brother are staying at their ancestral home now.