With the face of poverty turning feminine in Iran, a considerable number of women turn to peddling to compensate for their financial straits. Among these peddlers are educated women who have finished high level college education.
Leila, 45 with two children, is a graduate of Computer Sciences. She says she is satisfied with her income from peddling in underground metro stations but complains about the “not-proper” approaches of some passers by.
Maryam, 27, has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. “I have very low income and cannot support my family,” she says. “Since I could not find a job in my area of education, I had to resort to peddling.”