Charming Face of Tripthi Mondol for Changing Her Livelihood

Like many women in Bangladesh, Tripthi was married at a very young age and dropped out of school without finishing her primary education. Tripthi Mondol (30) is a housewife of Milon Mondol having one son 8 years of old. She lives in the village Shoilgathi of the Union Raghunathpur of Dumuria Upazila under Khulna District. They lived in a joint family with 9 family members. She is busy in doing household chores all day long. Her husband was a day labor and works in agricultural field. But it was not easy to make ends meet with a big family with her husband very little income. She felt strongly to do something and support her family. Once, she heard of UNNAYAN arranged various IGA related training in her village and she communicated to field staffs of the organization for this training. She received one months sewing training and took a small loan of BDT 6000 from UNNAYAN to buy a sewing machine for starting her tailoring activities. After finishing training, UNNAYAN also provided financial support to her for purchasing cloths for making dress. She begun in dress making of women, girls, baby dress and also some of the men stuffs. Her work was high quality and she became very popular in her village within very short period of time. Now, she earns monthly around BDT 3000-4000 by making dress by work from home after finishing her household tasks. She can support her husband for maintaining livelihood, providing for herself and also support her son’s education. Tripthi also saves BDT 400 every month for emergency period. She is also teaching tailoring skills to her husband, many adolescents girls and women. Tripthi is spreading skills and new ideas to broader community. She wants to buy another machine and open a tailoring shop in front of her household and wish to educate her sons a lot. As a young woman from a poor background running a successful beginner, Tripthi stands out. Thanks to UNNAYAN, she is paving the way to became entrepreneur in her community like Tripthi.

Changing Life of Rinu Sarker: Turkey to Multiple Farming

Rinu Sarker (50) is a housewife who lives in the village Gajendropur of Rangpur Union of Dumuria Upazila under Khulna District. Her husband is Suvash Sarker (60), he is a farmer. They are five family members. They have three children; two daughters and one son. Elder daughter is married in and another daughter reads in college (degree course). One son is also reads in SSC. They have little agricultural land but due to lack of money most of the time her husband could not manage production cost. Her husband could be cultivated once in a year and the family lived hand to mouth. Her family’s average monthly income was about BDT 2,000 which made it difficult for them to maintain their family and almost stopped of her children study. Rinu hopes if she will be able to manage some money, she supports her family, health and again regularizes her children education properly. She was looking for good opportunity for increasing daily income. At that time, Rinu and her son decided to rear Turkey and brought 3 to 4 months age 15-16 Turkey by their savings spending each price BDT 900-1000. She started rearing Turkey at a home but due to very little knowledge and lack of money for buying available food, they could not rear Turkey properly and lost all hopes.

UNNAYAN with the financial support of PKSF has been implementing the project titled “Poverty Alleviation through development and extension of Technology for Turkey Farm” under LIFT program since 2018 in this project area. Field staff of UNNAYAN started to baseline survey to collect potential beneficiaries for Turkey rearing and Rinu was one of them was founded out by UNNAYAN field workers after base line survey. She was oriented on project objectives, methodologies, roles and responsibilities and attended training on turkey rearing, poultry farming, cow rearing and also vermin composting. She has keen interest in poultry farming. She is able to work hard. Then, she received financial support of BDT 10000 for Turkey farm (procurement of Turkey chicken bard, feed, medicine and shade making). After she received financial support and training again started to Turkey rearing. She bought egg incubator machine from Dhaka and breeding 80-90 turkey at her home.

She provided grass, rice, kura rice husks, fish meal, paddy and maize to feed Turkey chicks. She said, “A chick is raised from the egg and a mature Turkey bird laying eggs in seven months and continuously lay eggs for the next four to five years. After six to seven months, Rinu begun to sell out eggs, chicks and meat to neighbours on various festival. Basically, she is breeding Turkey chicks in the Bengali month Falgun. Not only she is breeding Turkey but also breeding duck and hen chicks from eggs. She sells Turkey eggs for BDT 800-1000 and meat for BDT 500 to 550 per kg in local market, relatives and neighbours during various Bengali occasions. Besides her Turkey farm, now she able to develop poultry firm and natural hybrid based hen and ducks firm on her yard. She also makes vermin composting and use it for her own vegetables field resulting she gets more vegetables which tasted much more than before and help to increase her income. This will continue for years together. She will economically solvent and able to meet up the basic needs of her family.

Rinu Sarker is energetic, hardworking and self-motivated person. Now, she has basic knowledge and skills for running Turkey farm. She is very happy to start the farm. Now, she has got the opportunity to increase her income through farm. It is expected that Rinu Sarker will be able meet up her daily expenses and saves for future development program. With her Turkey farm, she believes she will be able to improve her economic condition and nowadays she is happy for this. She desires to establish large cow farm. She is very thankful to UNNAYAN and PKSF LIFT program.

হিসাবরক্ষক/সহকারী শাখা ব্যবস্থাপক কাম হিসাবরক্ষক পদের লিখিত ও মৌখিক পরীক্ষা

আগামী ১০/১০/২০২০ ইং তারিখ রোজ শনিবার সকাল ১০:০০ ঘটিকায় উন্নয়ন সংস্থার প্রধান কার্যালয়- ১৮৯, পশ্চিম বানিয়াখামার মেইন রোড, খুলনা-৯১০০ তে হিসাবরক্ষক/সহকারী শাখা ব্যবস্থাপক কাম হিসাবরক্ষক পদের লিখিত ও মৌখিক পরীক্ষা অনুষ্ঠিত হবে। উক্ত পরীক্ষায় আবেদনকারীগণকে উপস্থিত হওয়ার জন্য নির্দেশনা প্রদান করা হল। সকল প্রকার কাগজপত্র সাথে আনতে হবে। সেই সাথে স্বাস্থ্য বিধি মেনে চলে পরীক্ষায় অংশগ্রহণ করতে হবে।কর্তৃপক্ষ- উন্নয়নযোগাযোগেজোবায়ের হোসেন (প্রশাসন)- ০১৭১৯-১৯৪০৫৮

International Women’s Day Observed (8 March, 2018)

International Women’s Day was observed across the country on Thursday (8 March) with women from various walks of life participating in events held by both government departments as well as NGOs. The ‘International Women’s Day’ has been celebrated by UNNAYAN in different areas of Khulna Division  organizing by our High Authority. The high officials of the authority were present in this program. This program has made the special scope to highlight the contribution of female employees and members, their potentialities as well as challenges. UNNAYAN observed International Women’s Day under VGD, ENRICH, UJJIBITO and LIFT program in different places. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNNAYAN arranged blood grouping program under Food Security Bangladesh 2012 project- UPP on 8th March 2018.

Inauguration of Digital Mapping of Micro-Finance Access Points in Bangladesh

An inaugural ceremony of Digital Mapping of Micro-finance Access Points in Bangladesh was held on 9th January, 2018 at MRA conference room. Mr. Md. Eunusur Rahman, Senior Secretary, Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was present as chief guest. Mr Arijit Chowdhury, Additional Secretary and Ms. Mursheda Jaman, Deputy Secretary were also present as special guests. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Mr. Amalendu Mukherjee, EVC of MRA. All officials of MRA attended the event. The chief guest thanked MRA for such an initiative and said that Digital Mapping will help us to view the financial access points of Micro-finance throughout the country. It will be helpful for the people to find out the MFIs access point to their nearby area and to choose the service providers (MFIs). Policy makers will be able to understand geographical existence of MFIs in Bangladesh which will help them in decision making process.