Umesh Munda worked in Hyderabad, Telangana, for the past five years. His income ranged from Rs.15,000 to Rs. 18,000 depending on the hours of overtime.
Hirawan Kumar worked at the recycling part of the assembly line at a Papermill in Tamil Nadu for the past fifteen years. He arrived and twenty-two days later the lockdown was implemented.
Mirza Afzal has spent his past two years at the reception of a clothing line in Gandhinagar, Delhi. For a family of seven, he and his father were the sole earners.
Tijabul Ansari was stranded in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir for almost a month without being able to purchase ration or earn any income. With his family worrying at home…
Sunil Prasad left Jogapatti, Bihar at the age of 22. He learned the skill of embroidery in Ludhiana that year. In 2003, Sunil moved back home with his wife and children. To feed a family of 7, he recently moved to Gurugram to work at a construction site.
Ranjay Kumar worked in Asansol, West Bengal to earn for this family in Gonauli, Bihar. He moved in 2010, returned home, migrated to Sonipat, Haryana.
Ram Kirpa Kumar left Bettiah to search for work in 2015. His family’s state was unstable, forcing the twenty-one-year-old to not study beyond 10th grade, instead, he assisted his father to support the family.
Rajan Kumar married after graduating high school. The pay at the time in Gonauli, Bihar was Rs. 3,000 through miscellaneous jobs at shops.
Pahlaj Patel moved to Manikapur, Uttar Pradesh from Bhitiarwa, Bihar. He was able to find work at a sugarcane farm. The lockdown left him without a stable source of income.
Moti Mohammad is a mason worker from Jogapatti, Bihar. He moved to Delhi in 2017 to learn stonework. In early 2020, Moti had adequate experience in the craft and moved to Pokhara, Nepal.