Imagine being a young mother of two small kids and losing your husband suddenly. What would you do? Sheerin Banu in India was only 24 years old when her husband unexpectedly passed away from cancer. Now a widow, Sheerin was forced to move back in with her elderly parents and work in a low-wage job to provide for her small children.
She shares how our Udhiyah (Qurbani) Program in 2019 truly lifted her family’s spirits for Eid al-Adha. She shares her story with us below.
Struggling to Provide for Her Family
Sheerin is responsible for providing for her family. This responsibility proves difficult with high food prices where she lives. Her family lacks access to essential, everyday items. Often, Sheerin is unable to buy food, and can’t even afford to pay rent.
What her family eats depends on what she earned that day. A lot of the time, it’s not enough. When that happens, she’s the first to go without food, but her hungry stomach isn’t what hurts most: It breaks her heart when she has nothing to give for the family. Heavy rains in her district have meant that her family struggled a lot without food and water.
Still, she is grateful that their home has not been damaged from the rain.
Sheerin Banu does wire wall hangings and gets Rs 20 (USD 0.28) per one hanging. Since she is a young mom, she can only do 2-3 hangings per day. That means she gets about $0.60 a day for her hard work. When asked about her income, Sheerin says: “I am getting little, and I am doing my best. I work hard to give my kids the essentials. I am their mother and father.”