Sheikh Mohideen (38), Tea seller
I was born and raised in a family of daily wage labourers. I studied till Class 7 and dropped out of school to work, like my other siblings. I was selling tea almost 15 years ago. I didn’t have a shop, but I would prepare tea and coffee in my house and go and sell it across offices in the locality. Soon after I got married and had two children, I began riding an autorickshaw because it helped me earn more money. However, five years down the line, I developed a problem with the spine. So, I switched to selling tea again. I prepare tea and coffee at my house with the help of my wife. I have two daughters who are studying in a reputed school in the city. They are hardworking and do well in studies. Now, I have a steady stream of customers on Radhakrishnan Road. The work provides me with money which is just enough to keep us going. I want to start a shop, though it requires a lot of money. But it will ensure I don’t have to roam around much to make ends meet. Maybe, someday that will happen and I can educate my girls further.