Story 3 - Firoza Begum - An inspirational community leader
Many poor women have changed their socio-economic condition through co-operative societies. Mrs. Firoza Begum is such a woman. She lives at Sultanpur Mondol Para village of Naogaon sadar upazila.
She has three children. She lived from hand to mouth. She worked in a
rice mill. She got a little amount from the rice mill. Her husband was a
day laborer. But with their low income, they could not manage the total
expenditure of their family. Very often, they had to take meals for one
time in a day. They had only a hut for living and during the rainy
season water used to fall through their roof and their sufferings knew
In 1996, ' Sultanpur Mondolpara Mohila Bittoheen Cooperative society' of RLP of BRDB was established in that village. The co-operative activity started with 27 members. Firoza Begum was elected manager among the members. She started to save from her income in the society. At first she received 5000/- taka as loan and invested the money in a small business. She made profit in her business. This encouraged her to do her duty in the society more successfully. Then she got training in skill development and took loan from cow raring trade. This time she got benefit by selling milk. In this way, she has become well to do. She received Tk. 1,32,000/- in 10 steps and is still paying the loan successfully. Now she has two cows, which have given birth. Everyday she sells 20 liter of milk. Her hut has now changed into a brick built house, which has 3 rooms. Now one of her sons earns through paintings. At present her capital in the society is 8780/-. Besides she has 6 mango and jackfruit trees, 7 ducks and 8 hens. She gets 10-12 eggs everyday from her poultry. After family using, she sells the surplus eggs. She has also learned about social consciousness from the society. She possesses a tube-will and a sanitary latrine in her house now. She inspires other members to use it. Now Firoza Begum is a symbol of a successful and self-supported woman. Now she has no problem to fulfill the basic needs of her family. She has won the poverty through the co-operative society. Because of her honesty, integrity and dutifulness, the Sultanpur Mondolpara Mohila Bittoheen co-operative society has become a ideal co-operative society.
In support of others, she is still performing the duty of the manager. She has expressed her gratitude to the field organizer and UBCCA of Naogaon sadar. Many members of the society are now following her.