Rizwan and Tabrez Ansari worked together as Tailors in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. The two were working and living together during the first days of the pandemic.
Hariram worked as a mason worker in Bansa, Uttar Pradesh before moving to Vadodra for higher waged labour work. The news of the pandemic took him by surprise.
Nandlal worked at an export company performing labour tasks for the past six years in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. At the announcement of the lockdown, he did not understand the severity of the virus at first.
Pankaj Yadav worked in Thane, Mumbai doing sewing work. His company was one of the few that was allowed by the government to run operations as they manufactured masks.
Mohammad Fahim is a daily wage labourer making slippers in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was earning a fair amount when the lockdown was implemented.
Saif ul Mian worked at a farm in Jalandhar for the past five years. While his earnings were not enough, they satisfied his reason to leave Bihar.
Ramagya Prasad worked in Gurgaon for the past five years. It was through another local he found the stitching job and left since a person would do whatever is possible to earn; even if it means going outside.
I received a letter instructing the Covid-19 measures will be done through a certain fund, in which there were Rs. 10,000 remaining.
I worked in the village by helping women idle at home learn new skills such as, cooking and making incense sticks. First, I was training others, and I decided to move to Bihar to do the same for them.
The didi’s conducted a workshop, training on how to create a Self Help Group for the village. Once the members were chosen, there were elections for the seat of president and vice-president.