Among the oldest women entrepreneurs of Indian-administered Kashmir, fisherwomen locally known as Gadhi Wajin, can be seen thronging markets early in the morning.
They lure customers to buy the catch netted by male family members.
Dotted by lakes and streams, the scenic Kashmir Valley produces varieties of fish.
Rehti Begum, 57, walks miles every day to take a spot on one of the historical bridges of Kashmir-Amira Kadal to sell fish.
Many fisherwomen line the pavement of the bridge located in the heart of the capital city, Srinagar.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on International Women’s Day Tuesday, Rehti Begum said her day begins and ends with the struggle to earn enough for the family.
Although these fisherwomen are important earners for their families, experts say they have limited control over resources and are marginalized.
Many believe Kashmir’s oldest women entrepreneurs are endangered.