"Our women don't work on the street!"

July 2019, Fort Kochi

Faces from the field | Faces

I study women in informal livelihoods, especially street vendors. On the last day of my scoping study, I finally saw two women vending in the local tourist market. They were not from Kerala. As they told me their story, I asked why no local women had joined them. From right behind me came a male reply, “our women don’t sell on the street!” The two women gave me a knowing glance, and our conversation ended.

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