Kerala Positive: Subaida, the small tea seller is a real hero


For Subaida, it is hard to make both ends meet with the small shop that she runs in Kollam. But woman like Subaida is an inspiration to all at the time of corona epidemic. Despite struggling in life, she sold her goats and donated the money to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster relief Fund.

She had sold her goats for Rs 12,000.  She handed over Rs 5,510 to Kollam district Collector B Abdul Nasser the other day. The remaining amount was used for paying rent current bill.

With Lockdown hitting all sections of the people, her tea shop was also hit. She lives in a rented house with her husband Abdul Salam, who has undergone surgery of the heart. She said that she did not have any money when she came to know about the call for contributions to the CMDRF.  “At last I decided to sell the two goats. I went to the Kollam Collectorate and handed over the money to the collector.

Soon after the news spread, people showered her with praises for the noble gesture. Even Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan acknowledged her efforts.

But now Subaida has reason to cheer more. For the two goats that she sold, she has now got five goats. As the news of her noble gesture spread, a restaurateur in Malabar sponsored five goats for Subaida. The goats were handed over to her the other day. Kollam MLA M Mukesh and District Collector B Abdul Nasar were present at the time of handing over the goats.


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