Mohabat News--According to shahrzad, Recently released figures indicate that an increasing number of Iranian women are trying to survive by peddling chewing-gum, paper tissues, and other small items in the metro.
The Khabar online news agency interviewed thirty such women as part of a project conducted by Tehran University's social science faculty. All said their financial situation forced them to become peddlers. Ten said they were the main breadwinners for their families, and eight that it was their only source of income. Four said the work gave them a sense of independence, and that it was fun.
Some were widows, some divorcees, some had husbands in prison. A number needed money to pay for drugs for their partners, either because they were sick or because they were addicts. Others were single women looking for extra income to support parents and siblings.