“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.
What was master tailor Md. Golam Mostofa’s life like before he began earning 12,000-13,000 taka a month?
Coming from a poor family in Bangladesh with 6 siblings, Mostofa quit school early on and started looking for a job in Dhaka. With no relevant qualifications, the only job he got was at a garment factory which paid a pittance. That was where Mostofa started becoming interested in tailoring and dreamed of the day when he would run his own store.
Few years later, he found out about our tailoring center in Dhaka and trained there. He worked hard to master the craft in no time, and with his savings, opened his own tailoring shop soon afterwards.
Today, Mostofa employs four people and is funding his younger siblings’ education.
“Thanks to HOPE worldwide, I am doing well and my family is being taken care of. I now want to expand my business and take it to my hometown.” That’s Mostofa (on left) at work in his store.