We rarely come across a woman doing a job considered a man’s job in Pakistan. One such woman from Karachi’s Ranchore Line is breaking the stereotypes by changing motorcycle oil.
During an interview with a local publication, Jameela Khatoon narrates her life story and reveals how she ran her own business in the middle of the street. It all started when her husband passed away and left her and their son behind.
She told the local publication, “The day I came into this field, I swore that I will not look back and only run forward. I killed myself alive, my heart, my emotions, and my thoughts. I killed all of them because I had to fight during a storm.”
She had to feed herself and the child, and so she worked for both of them. “This work, changing motorcycle oil, is my deceased husband’s memento, and a way to earn daily wages for me. The question of entering the field was obvious, I had to feed myself and my child. There was no one to earn for us; my child was only 12-13 old at the time. ”
Over 35 years of work in the field, Jameela is an expert now. “After my husband’s untimely demise, I had to come forward to start the business of changing oil for motorcycles.” Speaking of the items that go into her day-to-day work, she says she can identify the quality of the items by just holding them.
She says she has spent 35 years here, and that doesn’t mean she merely has passed the time and seen people’s faces. She has full experience of day-to-day work activities and has put her head into her business.
Without the owner giving Jameela Khatoon any information, she can identify the last time the oil was changed. She said she had worked even she was earning little but with honesty.
“It was Allah’s will that I became a widow. There are some nights and, of course, sunny days, as he wills. We need to be patient.” Her message to other widows is that if they wish to help their kids grow up in front of their eyes, they must be courageous and confident. They must trust their gut and break stereotypes to makes things happen.
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