In a tea shop in northern Pakistan, a woman, who identified herself only as S, told Al Jazeera she has been buying tea for 20 years.
She has been preparing tea in a tea pot, but it is a small one.
“We were in Pakistan for years and now we are here,” she said.
“When I came here, there were many teas that were in the market, but now they are not selling, because they are out of stock.
They do not sell it anymore, it is no longer a product that they sell.”
The women of Kuching in northern Punjab province, where tea shops are common, say that the government has not been providing enough money to support tea shops and tea rooms.
“I have come here, and I bought my tea for Rs 200,000, but I am not receiving anything for it,” said S. “The government is not providing any money for us.”
The government of Punjab has not responded to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.
The government has also been unable to pay for a new tea kettle because of the steep price of tea in the state.
“It is not possible for us to buy a kettle at the present prices.
If we have no money, we cannot buy any tea at the market price,” said Rana.
“In order to get tea, we need money.
So, we are facing the problem of tea prices.”
The Kuchang Tea Room, which was established in 2010, is owned by Rana, her husband and two other men.
Rana said that the tea shop has received over Rs 1.4 million in donations in the past two years.
The tea room, which is open 24 hours a day, is known for its tea and coffee, but the women have not been able to sell tea at all.
“A lot of the customers are not ready to buy tea, they have no tea and don’t know how to prepare it,” Rana told Al-Jazeera.
The shop has been struggling to pay the rent since the owners decided to shut down.
The owners of the shop say that they had already been paying their employees, but that they were not able to pay them.
“Every day, we receive over Rs 150,000 in donations,” said Suhail.
“Even if we are paying the rent, we have not received any money.”
The owners say that despite receiving donations from the public, they are unable to provide tea to their customers.
“Our tea room is not selling.
So if we open another tea room that is a little bigger and has a better kitchen, we would be able to provide the customers tea, but we have to take the decision that we cannot continue to provide our customers tea at a reasonable price,” Suhale added.
Al Jazeera’s Amira Boucic reported from Karachi.