That is the tear-jerking story of Mary Daniel, an amputee who hawks on the streets of Oshodi in Lagos in a bid to make ends meet and earn a dwelling.
26-year-old Daniel is a single mom to a two-year-old daughter.
She shared her touching story in an unique with PUNCH.
Born in Katsina, Daniel’s life modified at 11 when she was concerned in a deadly accident that claimed the lives of her mother and father and left her with out a proper leg.
This nevertheless didn’t cease her from going again to highschool, although she dropped out in JSS3.
She quickly took solace in hawking transferring from Anambra to Delta after which Lagos.
Daniel revealed how a person she was speculated to marry in 2018 dumped her after she obtained pregnant.
She recounted, “I relocated to Onitsha (Anambra State) and began promoting sachet water. I take advantage of the beneficial properties I make to feed myself and ship some cash to my grandmother within the village. She is over 70 years previous and I don’t need starvation to kill her.
“In 2018, grandma informed me a person within the village wished to marry me and she or he requested me to return house. Whereas we have been relationship, I obtained pregnant however he denied being accountable for the being pregnant.
“Out of disgrace, I relocated to Asaba (Delta State) and continued hawking sachet water. I squatted with a girl from our village for some months earlier than I rented an condominium.
“A automotive brushed my arm whereas I used to be hawking in site visitors. I used to be closely pregnant then. One man noticed me bleeding and gave me N100,000. I used the cash to hire a small condominium and acquired some child issues. I gave start in 2019.”
She solely had a two-week ‘maternity depart’ earlier than she returned to the streets, manoeuvring the site visitors to promote water along with her child strapped to the again.
She additionally disclosed that she determined to return to Lagos simply two weeks in the past.
“I made a decision to return to Lagos about two weeks in the past as a result of I used to be not promoting nicely in Asaba. I offered my house home equipment to lift the fare. My daughter is with the lady I lived with in Asaba. She is now in Ayingba with my child. My grandma didn’t know I’m now in Lagos. Final week, I despatched N8,000 to my grandma and I wish to ship N10,000 to her once more this week. I’m the one one caring for her.
“I met with a girl promoting noodles and I defined my plight to her. She linked me up with one Alhaja from whom I purchase packs of bottled water. I purchase a pack for N600 and make N240 achieve. I promote six to eight packs per day and make a revenue of N1,000 to N1,500. I save N500 every day. I wish to ship the cash for the maintenance of my daughter on the finish of the month.”
Doing this enterprise shouldn’t be with out its many dangers as Daniel says passengers have made away along with her cash on two events.
Regardless of being an orphan and bodily challenged, she shouldn’t be bogged by her adversities and hates begging.
“I don’t like begging as a result of I imagine I’ve the power to work and cater for myself,” she declared. “I do know I’m not lazy and I took the choice to not beg. Some who’re begging don’t even make as a lot as I do every day. Some folks, out of pity, will reward me N1,000 or N2,000 after shopping for water from me.”
She added, “I want to have a store of my very own in order that I can have a greater means to maintain my daughter and grandma. I used to have one synthetic leg however it was painful each time I wore it. So I made a decision to be utilizing a crutch.”