Expat turns onion seller amid COVID-19 outbreak
Ochira: Abdul Naha, a 33-year-old expat who returned from Oman, is a familiar face for people on Pavumba-Manappally road. Naha, a native of Vallikunnam, has been selling onion here when COVID-19 outbreak changed the life of all. Every morning, Naha reaches Kochukuthirapanthi and Aanakuzhi bridge on his father Abdul Khareem’s bike with a sack of onion.
After unloading the sack of onions, Naha waits for customers.
He sells two-kilo onion for Rs 100. Naha says he sells out a sack of onion within one or two hours.
“I earn a profit of Rs 300 to Rs 400 from the sale,” said Naha.
Naha, a bachelor, was employed at a supermarket in Oman. After putting an end to 3 years long expat life, Naha decided to become an onion seller due to the financial crisis.
Earlier, he planned to purchase a vehicle and start onion sale. But the financial problems forced him to start his small business at the roadside.
“I want to look after my family including my ‘Bappa’ and ‘Kunjumma’,” said Naha. His mother Jameela Beevi passed away when he was studying in 10th standard.
Though he passed SSLC examination with good marks, he failed to continue his education. Later, he studied driving with an aim to get a job. This poor expat has no idea about the government’s welfare programmes like ‘ Pravasi Welfare Board’ .
“In this circumstance of COVID-19 outbreak, I won’t be able to go back to Oman. So, I want to purchase an autorickshaw to develop my business,” said Naha expecting to survive the financial problems.