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Deepthi, the single mother of a teenager, says she has tried other types of self-employment. She worked as a goldsmith, nursing home careperson and, sometimes still makes shoes and bags at home.
“Living has been a struggle for my daughter and me. Now I have plenty of school hires,” Deepthi says, referring to the children she drops off to and picks up from school.
She takes the PickMe bookings after she finishes the school hires during the day, and often works until midnight, Deepthi says. She earns between 3,500 rupees ($23.85) to 5,000 rupees (about $34) per day, she says.
And she has the potential to earn more, she says.
“If I work late hours, I can top up 100,000 rupees (about $680) monthly,” she says with pride in her eyes.