Detroit Evening Report: Bengali woman launched Zafreen’s Kitchen after losing job during COVID-19 pandemic

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Sadya Chowdhury

This week on the Detroit Evening Report, we’re sharing stories we’ve covered in 2022 that show how special the people and places in our community truly are.

Today we hear the story of Sadya Chowdhury, a woman who lost her job during the pandemic but found a way to celebrate her passion and her culture. This story is taken from WDET’s Communities of Hope series produced by Nargis Rahman.

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Chowdhury was working in Greektown as a server in 2019, but was laid off in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic broke in the U.S. Her husband had to work double shifts and pick up Uber customers to make up for the loss of income.

But losing her job led Chowdhury to another opportunity: cooking.

Read the original story here.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.