“The world’s most spoken negative word currently is corona virus-positive and the sudden inevitable lockdown has certainly impacted many small businesses like mine. It’s been more than 12 years since I have started this welding business. I wouldn’t say it’s a profitable business but it does bring food to the table.
When the nationwide lockdown was announced last year for the first time, I had to shut my welding shop immediately. That means a complete loss for two months but I understood the seriousness of the situation and abided by the rules. It was a nightmare for me personally but we somehow managed to sail through the tide.
But this year, when the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the country and the lockdown was reimposed, I was completely devasted. I have three workers who work under me on a daily wage basis. All of them were worried as they were scared that their families might come on the roads because of the lack of work. But that’s not the kind of person I am. I had assured them that they can come back to work when things open up and have been supporting them with whatever means I can.
Even though I am not able to pay them the full salaries, at least I am trying to provide them with the basic resources for the last 16 days. For me, it is a major loss but I felt it’s my responsibility as an owner to support my workers in crisis. I faced a lot of difficulties during my childhood and with a lot of hard work, I managed to open this welding workshop in 2009. Through my experience, I have realised that it’s human relations and cooperation that matters in the time of crisis and the same applies now. We as citizens of the country should fight this pandemic crisis together! This is the time we need to stand up for each other and help each other out!”
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