Story 2 - Khaleda Begum a Women's Co-operative Success
Khaleda Begum is the only daughter of her day labour, asset less parents. She was grown up at the lovely shadow of her parents' shed-house that was made of mud and Chan.
She was married to a jobless young man of her own village at the minor
age of 11. She carried two children when she could not even understand
the meaning of a married life. At that stage she found herself
over-burden with her two children and her husband in the family of her
parents. Just then she heard that a women cooperative society named
'Nizdhara Mohila Somobay Samity' had been formed in her village under
the banner of Halwaghat Women's Programme, BRDB. Then she became a
member of the society. At first she took a loan of Tk. 1000.00 and
started a business related to paddy. By buying and selling rice she
managed to meet the daily needs of her family as well as to pay the
installments of her loan.
From then she maintained her family with self-confidence and inspiration. In this way, from 1992 to 2006 she received a total loan of Tk. 68,000.00 on the activities of beef fattening and milk-cow. She bought milk cows and established a dairy farm and a semi poultry farm. Now she has eight cows in her farm. Out of these, two are foreign crossed and five are medium type oxen Now from the milk cows she gets 30 liter of milk a day and the present market price of the milk is Tk. 750.00. By selling milk she can make a savings of Tk. 300 per day after excluding the farm expenses and day-to-day expenses of her own family. She has also established a mini-poultry farm. 20 ducks and 25 hens have been reared in that poultry farm.
From the production of the poultry farm she can meet the daily need of the family and surplus eggs are being sold to the market. In this way from the accumulation of the daily savings she has purchased 26 decimal of land, which is adjacent to the local Dhara Bazar. Now the market value of the land is at least Tk.3,00000.00 (3 lakh). In the local "Dhara Bazar" she has also started an insecticide shop which is being run by her elder son. She has also built a semi brick-built house.
Her husband is working as a truck driver. Her family is running well with the income of her husband and her own. Her elder son read up to class-IX and her elder daughter has been married after completion of primary education. Now her younger daughter is reading in class VI in a local primary school and the youngest son is at a local madrasha. Her old parents are still alive. She has been looking after her parents with her own income. Now she is above the poverty line.
Now she is honored in her society and in her own village. She is also an inspiring personality to her fellow women. She is now an honorable member in every decision of her own family and takes part in local conflict-related small cases in her locality. She is very happy now and grateful to BRDB.