A Saudi woman has broken the fetters of unemployment and ensured her a decent income by selling tea in the street.
Jumana Makki, who sells tea on King Abdul Aziz Road in Madinah, said since she started the business her living conditions have remarkably improved.
Makki brews tea and some types of coffee on firewood. She is helped by her university-going daughters.
Makki said it was necessary for her to take the decision with complete conviction and without any hesitation.
“I started selling tea and coffee along the road. I brew tea on firewood because it is cheap and does not require a big investment,” she said.
Makki said when she started the business, she was severely criticized by her relatives and friends who did not like the idea of a woman selling tea in the street.
“I do not see anything wrong in doing this as long as I am looking for an income that will enable me to live with honor and dignity, especially that I am making good money from the business,” she said.
Makki said with her involvement in the work, the criticism gradually died down and she began to hear words of encouragement and support.
“My university-going daughters started coming to help me sell the tea and coffee to the passersby and the picnickers. This will not harm them in any way because it is an honorable job,” she said.
Makki said she starts her work after Asr prayer and continues until after midnight.
“With the passage of time, my customers came to realize that I was serious in my work. Nobody is annoying me any more. I have nothing to worry about now,” she said.