“I used to have a dream when I was a girl. But I gave it up after the struggles I went through in life. I want to make sure my children don’t have to do the same,” says Nazma Akter, a widowed mother of two boys and a girl.
Nazma comes from a poor family in Bangladesh and was married off at an early age. A few years later, her husband passed away. “That’s when I got to know that he had another family. My in-laws didn’t want me or my children in their house. I was not educated, didn’t have a skill. I had nowhere to go. But I couldn’t let my children go hungry,” says Nazma.
It was during this time that she heard about our vocational training center from a student of ours. She enrolled for our bag-making classes. “The classes were affordable. After the course, I started a small business of my own with a loan of 4,500 taka ($58). I made a profit of 13,500 taka ($172)!”
Nazma didn’t stop there. She learned other skills at our center and soon expanded her business. “My children’s future is no longer uncertain. They can dream now.” That’s her (extreme right) at her workshop.