15, June 2022

Sabina Begum, lost her entire livelihood 7 years ago when her husband became paralyzed following a heart attack. A resident of remote village in Rangpur Upazilla, she barely had any opportunities to make a living and feed her husband and her son. Strong willed, Sabina Begum did not lose hope of getting her family back on their feet. She got to know from the Digital Centre in her union about a2i’s NISE programme. She quickly enrolled herself through the digital centre and took training on handicrafts. She soon started making handmade bags, sandals, wall-mates and floor-mate from jute and selling her products in the local bazaar. However, hardships did not end there. Hailing from a small village, she barely had customers for her handicrafts. Nearly losing all hope, she believed her only choice of livelihood was working in other people’s homes and lands. She soon learned about ’ekShop’ from the Digital Centre in her village. A last hope of making a proper livelihood, she posted pictures of her crafts on ekShop. This time, her hopes did not turn into despair. Her handicrafts started receiving orders. Today she earns about Tk 15,000- Tk 20,000 a month.

Ecstatic about this turn of event in her life, she said “I feel like a strong, independent woman. I am able to bear my husband’s medicines and send my son to school.”