My name is Parvez and I am 28 years old. I have been working as a sweeper for the past few years. I completed the first year of my third level education from Ship Owners College, Nazimabad. Unfortunately, the same year my father passed away. Being the eldest in my family, I had to quit my studies to support them. I worked as an office boy at Glaxo Smith Kline for over half a decade. But when I was getting married I asked the management for a short leave, which they denied. It was impossible for me to go to work because of my wedding, so I informed them that I won’t be able to come because I have no one else in the family to look after the marriage preparations.
Two weeks later when I went back to work, I found out that I was fired. Upon knowing this, I wrote several applications to GSK, but I never got my job back again. I have a wife, kids, siblings and a sick mother to look after. I lost the best job I could get with my qualification. I tried applying in several other companies as an office boy but everywhere I went to, they asked for Rs. 100K to Rs. 200K for the job. I don’t know what I will be doing in the future, but right now I am just focusing on sweeping and picking up trash because it feeds my family.