Story From Field
New Life of Asha
Asha Begum of 25 years of Village: Paikpara, Union: Kaliahoripur, Upazila: Sirajganj Sadar. She is from a poor family. She was married at the age of adolescent. Her husband Md. Al- Amin Sheikh is a carpenter. They have one daughter and one son in their family. After marriage, they were leading a poor life. Their family expenditures were increasing day by day and they were falling in miserable condition. Her parents also were passing the days from hand to mouth. SAP- Bangladesh started a reflect circle named “Shabuz” in 2010 in their area. Asha joined in this circle as a participant. Before joining in the reflect circle she couldn’t read or write. Now she can read, write, and calculate. She admitted her daughter in school. Now her daughter reads in class one. She is able to teach her daughter. It is her dream that her children will be educated. She knows about women rights. She received tailoring training without any costs from Red Crescent by the help of reflect facilitator of SAP- Bangladesh. After received training, she took loan from reflect circle and purchased a swing machine. Now she is doing tailoring. By this time, she returned loan money to reflect circle. She also received training on IGA from SAP-Bangladesh. She cultivates vegetables. Now her monthly average income is Tk. 2500 by selling vegetables and from tailoring shop.
Now they are solvent with her own income and income of her husband. Her husband can evaluate Asha after joining spouse meeting of SAP-Bangladesh. They are making family decisions in a participatory way having opinion from both of husband and wife. Now they are happy.
“I am leading a new life after joining the reflect circle. I learnt from the circle that it is possible change luck through self-desire, confidence and endeavor. Now I am earning for my family, admitted my daughter in the school. I am able to teach my daughter after learning from the circle. It is my dream that my children will be established after completing her education. Now I advice to other women that women should not be dependant to her husband rather wife can earn for adding with her husband income for leading a happy life, said Asha”.