K. Shiju, a native of Pooladikkunnu, is steadfast in his job. He runs a photocopier shop near the PSC office here to earn money for treatment to get back his eyesight.
Mr. Shiju, 34-years-old, has been visually challenged since the age of 24.
Doctors whom he consulted are not confident of giving him his sight through easy treatment, without medication.
As per medical observation, some of his cranial nerves remain non-functional and require costly treatment for any possible intervention.
“But, I am not ready to give up though it may take several years to earn the money for treatment,” he says.
The then Collector T.O. Sooraj helped Mr. Shiju to set up the photocopier venture near the PSC office. It came as a boon to sustain his five-member family, including two siblings.
“The initial investment for purchasing the photocopier machine was a hurdle, but the loan amount sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana came in help to begin with,” he recalls.
Mr. Shiju says: “Many a time, my clients ask me to take copies with bundles of papers in hand. They notice that I am visually impaired only after getting the copies.” The rush of customers is at its peak during verification of PSC certificates , he says.
He is thankful to his aged mother, Leela, who has supported him and his self-employment venture. Despite her old age, she comes to the shop daily to help him in his work.
“It’s a bit difficult to predict when my son will get back his eyesight. But, he will,” she says confidently.
Mr. Shiju does not reveal how much he has saved for his treatment. “Not such a big amount as one would think. It seems I will have to go many more years here,” he says without any melancholic feel in his voice.