He was barely earning Rs. 8000 per month, which was too little to manage his family consisting of his wife, three daughters and a son. With the imposition of nationwide lockdown, the world fell apart upon Shiv. With no savings or other source of income, he and his family were barely surviving, dependent totally on cooked food and dry rations that were distributed by GMR group in the community.
When the lockdown was relieved, Shiv hunted for the job again in a private company but failed to get any. During these turbulent times, GMR's CSR arm - GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), stepped in to support Shiv and help him restart his livelihood. The team came to know about his condition during a survey that was conducted to understand the effects of pandemic on the livelihoods of the community with whom GMRVF was working.