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Friday, 23 November 2018

Food with Love | Transgender woman opens tiffin shop in Tuticorin |

With some help from her friends, the government and a few good people of her locality, S Gayathri, 26, a transgender woman of Thalamuthu Nagar in Tuticorin, started ‘Nangai Tiffin Centre’ on Wednesday. The metal sheet structure at Saveriyarpuram in Thalamuthu Nagar Main between Tuticorin and Therespuram was inaugurated by sub inspector Shankar as Gayathri heaped praise on the local police for supporting her efforts to start the eatery.
Gayathri had been trying to establish a business on her own it was easier said than done as she discovered that there were a lot of obstacles, primarily her gender status. Though she decided to start an eatery, she was unable to find a place or the funds. She struggled to find a shop on rent but finally managed to convince Selvaraman of Thalamuthunagar to rent a portion of his vacant land to her. This land had been remaining vacant but she also needed money to establish a structure there. Fortunately, the government’s assistance of Rs 20,000 came in handy at this juncture. She was among the 10 transsexual beneficiaries who got an equal assistance from the district collector this Monday to establish their own business to improve their standard of living. “As this money was not enough she borrowed Rs 30,000,” said her mentor Boomika, 38.
The shed was built with the help of her friends Tamilarasan and Chitra, her neighbourhood friends. “The tiffin centre will be open from 7 to 11 in the morning and from 6 to 10 at night,” Gayathri told TOI. To begin with, the tiffin centre serves idly, dosa, pongal and vada with chutney and sambar and poori with vadakari for breakfast. “The menu is almost the same for supper but for chappathi in place of poori,” she said.
She is confident of repaying the loan of Rs 30,000 over a period of 90 days and also establishing a restaurant on her own and thus set an example for a successful transsexual. Police personnel and others who took part in the inaugural function bought food from the centre. Transsexuals Boomika, Rejiya, Sreya and Sania who helped her start the business were also present.
Source: newsjizz 

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