Selling handmade bags at flea markets in Dubai has helped this woman make ends meet in Sharjah.
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DUBAI – A 55-year-old Indian woman who has been living illegally in Sharjah since March 2014 is seeking a new lease of life through the UAE amnesty while settling her debts by selling bags.
The woman from the Indian city of Bangalore is hoping she will be granted amnesty and return home after clearing off the debt that she accrued from non-payment of her housing rent.
The woman, who requested for anonymity, said she applied for amnesty in August together with her children, aged 17 and 20.
Immigration authorities granted pardon to her children but rejected her petition after records in Sharjah Municipality showed that she has a case of non-payment of rent for three years.
She continues to live in Sharjah with her children after her husband was deported due to several financial cases.
To make ends meet without begging for alms, the woman has turned to making bags and novelty items to pay for her family’s needs in Sharjah.
She said that she sells the bags, jewellery and other accessories that she makes at flea markets in Dubai.
“I know they are good, people show a lot of interest in the flea markets. But I am living in constant fear,” Khaleej Times newspaper quoted her as saying.
She is hoping that she will be able to make enough money to settle her debts and reapply for amnesty before it ends on December 31. GAD/Expat Media
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