R Dasarath and his wife, Chembakam
CHENNAI: He was working as a mason, and she was a housemaid. Both lost their source of income after the national lockdown was declared on March 24. However, R Dasarath and his wife, Chembakam, decided to try their luck by selling vegetables in Chennai.
A week ago, Dasarath went to the temporary veg market at Thirumazhisai, bought vegetables and returned to his home in Virugambakkam by early morning. The couple started selling the vegetables directly from the pickup van (of his brother) that’s stationed on Elanko Nagar (Extn).
The response was good. The vegetables were sold out in a couple of hours. “My wife and I were thinking of a news source of income. The idea came to me since I had sold vegetables in my village during my childhood. But I was having my own doubts,” said Dasarath.
However, he didn’t look back. At 1am, he reached the Thirumazhisai market with his brother-in-law. “We bought only essential vegetables because we didn’t know whether we would be able to sell them,” he said.
The vegetables that he brought from the market were sold by 6am. “Seeing fresh vegetables in an affordable price, many people responded positively. We sold the whole vegetables in a couple of hours,” said Chembakam.
The couple said they would continue the business, as it’s a great source of livelihood in the time of Covid-19.