Manoj Kumar Patel moved to Bowling Green from his home in Zimbabwe 5 years ago. In his native country Patel was a professional contractor, but he gave up his profession and moved to America to help ensure a better future for his daughters. Last year, Patel built his own liquor store, WK Liquor’s from the ground up. Since many students from Western Kentucky University have returned home for the semester, much of Patel’s clientele is gone, but he chooses to remain optimistic and positive. “If you take Zimbabwe for an example, there’s a total lockdown. In a sense, things are way better than elsewhere. I mean, Europe’s went through a total shutdown too. Things could always be a lot worse,” said Patel.