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Mrs. Shovawy Panday studied up to the fifth grade and was married off at age 15. Her husband is a carpenter and they are blessed with a daughter and a son. Shovawy was introduced to Keya Palm Handicrafts through her mother-in-law in 2005. Her income brought a positive change for her family. Recently, her husband developed his own workshop and their children are studying. She spends most of her income bearing the family expenditures and saving their children's future.
Shukurjan was born to a poor family in a small village called Bagdha. She was married off at age of fifteen, but her husband abandoned her eighteen years ago. Shukurjan has a daughter and a son. While looking for job, she heard about Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). She became a weaver and has good skills to make bath mitts and and hemp twine. Shukurjan purchased land and built a tin shed house with the earnings from Bagdha Enterprise. She saves money for the future of her children.
Tahera is a producer of Hajiganj Handicrafts Crochet unit. She has four sisters and one brother. She studied up to the fifth grade in a madras, a muslim school. Her parents arranged her marriage at the age of 14. After twelve years of their marriage, her husband died by unknown disease. Since 2005 she works at Hajiganj and she is one of the best artisans. She married off her tree daughters and can continue to save some money for their future. She is very grateful to Prokritee's buyers.
Sreemoti Mina Ray
Sreemoti lived in Kirtoniapara bosti, in the North Bangladesh with her three sisters and one brother. Because of very low income of her parents she couldn’t get the chance to study in school. She learned how to write her name from an NGO worker. She got married at the age of 15 and found a job at Hajiganj Handicrafts. Together they have two daughters and with the money she earns, she can let them go to school and buy clothing for them. Her dream is to once build a own house.
Shimu (fake name)
Before joining Sacred Mark Enterprise, Shimu was forced to work as a sex worker. She does not like to talk about her past, rather of her present. She has a husband, a little son and a baby girl. With the money she earns they can rent a room for their family. She learned how to make soaps, blankets and recently also how to work on a sewing machine. When she has a lot of work, her husband prepares the meals in the house, which is unusual in this Bengali tradition.
Shefali got married when she was sixteen; her husband repairs bicycles. They have one daughter and a son. Because they needed more money, she decided to look for a job. She found it at Bonoful in the product making section. Gradually the financial condition of her family has improved over the last 17 years. Last year her husband arranged their daughters marriage and her son is now studying in the 8th grade in a local high school.
Nilufa lives with her family in Barisal. Her husband sells groceries and since 2003 she supports their household with her work at Torulota. They have three daughters and one son. Nilufa learned how to manage her job, family and households. She is very skilled in sample making and can do very delicate work. She loves to with Prokritee and wants to work as long as possible. Nilufa keeps her savings for the future of their children.
Anita Rani was born in Feni District of Bangladesh. Her husbands name is Sagor Majumder and they have a son and two daughters. She got involved with Shuktara in 2003. Before they could not buy food or clothes. Now her son is studying, her elder daughter got married and younger daughter is in ninth grade. She makes marbled paper and also knows other technique of decorating paper. She has earned a place of honor in society. Anita expressed her gratitude: "This is a great blessing of God".
Anita has worked a long with Biborton. She did not have an education when she was married off at age seventeen. She married a farmer and they had two beautiful sons. After their birth, her husband became mad and she had to sell all her assets for his treatment. Unfortunately he passed away after two years and she was forced to find an income. Biborton manager gave her a job as product maker. With her savings, Anitas can send her boys to school. They are bright students.
Monimala has been working at Jobarpar Enterprise since 2005. She got married when she has 15 years old and after eight years of her marriage life, her husband died. She has two sons. When her husband has died her mother in law helped her. She sold the milk of her mother in laws' cow. But when Monimala could no longer managed her expenses, she joined Jobarpar Enterprise. Now she is very happy; she gets fair wages, her children go to school and she has purchased some land.
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