The name of this noble lady was Sisa Abu Daooh. Social Solidarity Directorate of Luxor explained that the award was mainly of “woman breadwinner” and awarded to her because of her hard work and sacrifices she made just for the sake of her daughter and her grandchildren. These brought tears in my eyes what mothers can do for their children. No one can replace them for sure!She is a 64 year old lady who was left alone after her husband’s death when she was pregnant. This broke her and left her in miserable conditions as she had no source of income for her child.
The situation was very difficult for her as a single woman is teased and not allowed to work freely, she faced hard times. After all this she decided to dress like a man and worked outside her home in order to earn with honor and dignity and feed her baby child named Houda. This way she protected herself from harsh looks of males and worked in a place where none knew her. She tried different odd jobs to earn the maximum she could. She worked by making bricks and also polishing shoes on streets of passing by.
As days passed her daughter was old and of an age to get married so she married her daughter to a man. Unfortunately that man after sometime felt ill and wasn’t able to do work. This made living of her daughter difficult as well. For this purpose Sisa Abu Doaah worked as breadwinner of her family to serve her daughter and grandchildren.When studied about her it was found that she wore a full length loose robe with loose sleeves known as “jilbab” with a white turban or sometimes “Taqiyah” which is men’s hat paired with black masculine shoes.
Upon interview she said she preferred hard labor such as lifting bricks and the cement bags and cleaning shoes instead of begging in the streets which is a disgrace in order to earn a living for herself and her daughter and grandchildren.Currently she polishes shoes for a decent income. Her daughter is proud of her mother and helps her with carrying the kits because she is old now to Luxor station where her mother polishes shoes from 6 am onwards. Abu Daooh gave thanks to everyone who had helped her in her journey.
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