FARIDPUR, June 12 (BSS): 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.
"We had to undergo untold sufferings to manage food for five children and bear the treatment cost of my sick husband," Monowara, 50, of East Bhashanchar village under Faridpur Sadar said.
She further said 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 (One House One Farm) 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 project.
Since this, she started changing their life leaving all the miseries behind.
Monowara kept Tk 200 as deposit in the association (samity) formed with 60 people.
After a year, she took Tk 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 Tk 40,000 selling the goats and borrowing, for the second time, Tk 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 the grass variety 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 Tk 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 Tk 0.2 million per year.
"I am glad I could earn the money…couple of years ago it was frustration all around me when my husband lost work. I and my family members were passing days with scanty food for our two meals a day. But, now I have no worry," Monowara said while serving grass to her cows on her yard.
Monowara has two daughters - one daughter is now a primary school teacher and other is studying at the university level.
Her one son is studying in Agriculture Diploma and two sons are doing jobs and contributing to their family.
"It is my pleasure that my husband and I have been able to give financial support to all our five children for higher education and they are doing well," she said.
Field worker of the project Momota Rani Biswas said Monowara is a successful beneficiary of the samity as she changed her life by hard labour and proper utilisation of the borrowed money.
Like Monowara, thousands of people have revolutionised their lifestyle with the blessings of this project in Faridpur district.
Md Nazmul Hossain, project coordinator of Sadar upazila, said the poor people who have land below 50 decimal can become the member of the samity.
"Each of the samities consists of 60 members, including 40 females and 20 males. The samity members deposit Tk 200 per month each for building their own fund while the government provides them equal incentive as bonus against their savings”, he added.
© 2017 - All Rights with The Financial Express