FARIDPUR: Recalling the plights once her seven-member family faced, Monowara Begum burst into tears as her day-labour husband could not bear family expenses after he fell sick and lost work, reports BSS.
“We had to undergo untold sufferings to manage food for our five children and bear the treatment cost of my sick husband,” Monowara, 50, of East Bhashanchar village in Faridpur sadar said, adding that couple of years ago the extreme poverty started shattering her dream of living and educating her children. But, she said, the state-run Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar (EBEK) project lit a light of hope showing her the paths of survival with her children and sick husband.In 2013, Monowara became a member of Purbo Bhashanchar Gram Unnayan Dal, a village association formed under the EBEK project. Since this, she started changing their life leaving all the miseries behind.
Monowara kept Taka 200 as deposit in the association (samity) formed with 60 people. And after a year, she took Taka 10,000 loan for the first time from the association and brought two goats and started rearing them. Next year, she bought a cow at Taka 40 thousand selling the goats and borrowing, for the second time, Taka 20,000.
In the meantime, she learned how to grow seasonal vegetables, raise poultry, cultivate fishes and plant napier grass after attending the monthly meetings of the association. With all her efforts, Monowara engaged herself in fish and vegetable farming and planting napier grass in her barren land and pond in front of her house, which helped increase her family income steadily.
Pleased with the efforts of Monowara, the association sanctioned another loan of Taka 40,000 to her. Utilising the money, she improved her family condition by buying and selling cows and goats, hens and ducks gradually and repaid the borrowed money in time.
Now, housewife Monowara is a successful woman as she can earn additional Taka 2 lakh per year, thanks to Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar (EBEK) project.
“I am very glad to earn the money…couple of years ago it was frustration all around me when my husband lost work.