Training offers new hope
Sewing and business training from Habitat Bangladesh has boosted the confidence and job prospects of 25-year-old mother Shathi Akter.
She gave up her part-time job for two months to undertake the training which she says has given her confidence and an opportunity to supplement her family's income.
After completion of the training she is planning to go back to her old part-time job as a loan collector and start her own business at home. She is planning to get contracts from the local market and from her village.
“This training is just perfect for me, this is what I was looking for; the teachers are so good here. They are teaching us very well, they are never disturbed when we ask questions. I am confident enough to make any kind of dresses for ladies in the village," Shathi Akter said.
Shathi Akter lives in South Rajashon, Savar in a two room house with her in laws. Her husband works in a garment factory earning about BDT 5000 per month. It’s an eight member family depending on the sole income of her husband. She said it is always hard to keep up with the price hikes of household goods. To support her husband and family Shathi Akter started to look for a job and took income generating training on farming from various NGOs. But farming required too much time outside the house. Now she works for the MFI Doel Bohumukhi Shomobay shomity as a part time loan collector from 10 am – 1 pm. She takes care of her daughter at home after work and in the morning. She bought a cow after saving for two years and sells milk which helps meet the needs of her family. But it is still not enough. She heard about the Habitat sewing training course which would allow her to have flexible working hours and extra income.
"I hope to get the contract from the local school to make the uniforms for the school children. Now I can sew cloths during her spare time and sell those in the market. I am so glad that I will be contributing much more in supporting my family and helping my husband,” says Shathi Akter.