when coronavirus started spreading , the foot falls to her shop dropped. Revenues started dropping but expenses remained the same. So she had to let go of many tailors who worked with her and now only 2 of them have remained with her. With the cases going up everywhere, the problems associated with virus are going to stay with us much longer than we had expected and our daily life will take longer to get back to normal.
As days go by, Amrutha is finding it harder to manage rents and other payments also. She has also written an email to Karnataka CM to help small businesses like her.
Here is the excerpt of that email
“As we are all going through extremely testing times, it is exceedingly challenging to run businesses. Firstly, the business has been greatly affected due to the COVID-19 situation, secondly, its already highly difficult to pay the salaries of the staff and to add to all this, the landlords have been showing least empathy and adding to the existing problems by not showing any flexibility towards rent payments.
Moreover, the recently announced lockdown has further exacerbated the difficult situation for myself and fellow business owners on Commercial street.
It is only due to the present situation that myself and other business owners are pleading this. We have been diligently paying our dues to the landlords since several years and in some shop owner’s cases; over decades. It is merely in an attempt to sustain the business and be able to manage the next few months without actually ceasing any business operations. Me and fellow business owners are sincerely doing our part to sustain employment of our employees and making sure their families earn their daily bread. Also, we pay our taxes to the nation and still continue to contribute to economy in whatever we can during these times. At the end of the day, we are human beings too and have families to feed and bills to pay. “
She has not received any response back to her email yet from the government.
This is just one story and there are many others like Amrutha who are struggling to keep their businesses afloat:
Local businesses are the backbone of our communities and today they are all facing a crisis. Bigger companies can survive but small businesses who depend on foot traffic to survive will have a hard time. Many of us who work for big companies can afford to stay home and stay safe, But, can these small businesses do the same ? How will they manage their livelihood if they all have to stay home?
As cases go up, these people are equally at risk but cannot afford to stay home as it is not financially not feasible. We would like to raise funds for such businesses and pass the funds to them so they can use the funds either to save their employees and get some kind of rent relief. We hope individual donors and companies can contribute towards this fund so we can help small business owners like Amrutha like and many more.
We will be posting weekly updates, and highlighting stories of grant recipients so that you can see the direct impact of your donation. Thank you for helping small businesses and their employees, whether it’s donating directly to the fund or sharing this fundraiser with your network, we can all make a difference in these small business owners life.
Notice to small business owners who are in need
Here are the basic criteria we work with to select small businesses who need these funds
- They need to have a brick and mortar store
- They should have employed at least one employee
- You should not have plans to close the store in near future
- They need to explain how they have been affected by this situation and why it is hard to pay these rents
- You should not be Into food and or technology based business
- Share the required KYC to our email for our evaluation
If companies are interested in partnering with us to raise more funds, please do.
These are testing times for everyone, please contribute any amount you can on this campaign
Also, please share this request with your friends who love to support small businesses and ask them to contribute any amount they can.
We are just 2 friends who feel for these small businesses and decided to help them. All the funds will be simply transferred to businesses in need and we will publish details about these beneficiary small businesses as they receive the funds and also how they plan to use these funds to save their small business.
We are simply 2 friends who feel for these small businesses and decided to help them. All the funds will be simply transferred to businesses in need and we will publish details about these beneficiary small businesses as they receive the funds and also how they plan to use these funds to save their small business.