The pandemic has left many people without a job, with families struggling to make ends meet.
Something similar happened with Bishnupriya Swain and her family when her father, a driver, lost his job during the pandemic.
Odisha: Bishnupriya Swain, a student in Cuttack picked food delivery work after her father lost job amid pandemic— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2021
"I was taking tuitions.During COVID students weren't coming to class. We were facing financial issues. I joined Zomato to support my education&family,"she said y'day pic.twitter.com/TGfBPZDvZm
Swain, a student of class 12th, was already taking tuitions to support her family but during Covid, even students stopped coming for classes.
Left with no viable source of income, 18-year-old Swain decided to join Zomato as a delivery person and support her family.
I was taking tuitions. During COVID students weren't coming to class. We were facing financial issues. I joined Zomato to support my education & family.
- Swain to ANI
Swain, who is the eldest of three siblings, wants to become a doctor. But as per reports, she had to put her education on hold, and take up a high-risk job as a delivery person, in order to support her family and her younger siblings' education.
Many people took to Twitter to commend her courage in the face of difficulties:
more power and success to u. u r definitely an inspiration! way to go!— Megha Mehta (@missmar91382255) June 10, 2021
This is the real fighter, proud to be Odiya— dhiru_jena (@JenaDhiru) June 10, 2021
Vishnupriya, the ideal daughter of Cuttack,odisha.— Jagannath Prasad Mohanty (@jagannath94371) June 6, 2021
On the one hand, Bishnupriya swain is studying at home and working part-time in @zomato for her family mentenance in lockdown. She is only 18 years old. She is studying +2 science in S.B women's college.@PMOIndia @CMO_Odisha pic.twitter.com/k1vLv8MMSf
A girl namely Bishnupriya Swain (18) of Cuttack Odisha doing part time job in Zomato. She is a student of +2 Science in Shailabala college. She is also a talent student....Appreciate her work... pic.twitter.com/q7e1QdhQmV— Niranjan ojha (@OjhaNiranjan) June 6, 2021
While it's commendable that Swain is supporting her family in these difficult times, one hopes she is able to resume her education soon, and fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.