Asma Begum, 24, came to Dhaka with her husband and two children from the district of Lalmonirhat due to an economic crisis. With nowhere to go, the family, the family started living on the streets of Kawran Bazar. Life on the street was extremely difficult and hazardous. She would go door to door and beg for money and was able to buy one or two meals a day for her family. From people of the community, she came to know of SAJIDA’s Amrao Manush program and became a member.
Through counselling and training Asma became more cognizant of earning and saving money. Leaving her children at the project’s day care center she started selling vegetables alongside working as a housemaid. After receiving a grant of Tk 5,000 from the project, Asma set up a tea stall and within five months she had managed to save Tk 15,000 through the project’s saving program. She also received training on life skills, business entrepreneurship and HIV Aids. At the moment she earns Taka 10,000 for month. Her husband works as a day laborer and also helps with the business. She lives in a rented house in Rajabazaar with her family.
“Life is beautiful,” reflects Asma as she moves ahead with new aspirations.