34-year-old Binod stays with his wife, his daughter and his son. He’s a construction worker and the sole income earner. His family is dependent on him, and he has been unable to go to work due to the lockdown rules.
His household is running out of money, and despite getting free ration from central and state schemes, he is having problems with getting enough food. "Before the lockdown we used to eat fish and eggs, now we have to eat rice and potatoes. We don’t have money, so we buy supplies in small quantities and try to manage." Apart from food, they are short on money for medicines, cooking gas and essentials for their baby like soap, baby oil, and vitamin supplements. His wife is also worried about their daughter’s future. Her education has stopped as they no longer have the money to pay for her online classes and tuitions.
Binod has tried to borrow money but no one is able to lend him cash in the village due to the COVID-19 crisis. He recently tried to get supplies, but the shopkeepers are no longer letting him buy things on credit. His family is staying at home as much as possible to contain expenses and he is planning to get a loan or sell off the little gold jewellery they have to get by. Binod and his wife are stressed as they don’t have savings and don’t know what the future holds.