Story of Kulsum: a successful entrepreneur
18 September 2022
Munni Akter
26 September 2022
 

Meet Sara Khatun, a successful entrepreneur from Rohingya camps, in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh.

“My sixteen was not sweet as I had to be a bride from a girl. In 2017, when the violence started in Myanmar, my husband left me behind with my two-year-old daughter. I followed my neighbors to escape and took shelter in the camps in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh. Since then humanitarian aid is all I have to continue my living as a single mother.

In mid-2020, I met some people who were looking for women to support them building capacity in different skills. I wanted to step out of my difficulties. So, I enrolled in a two month-long training on entrepreneurship by BRAC. Later, I felt more strength to start a little shop with clothes and handcrafted products at the nearby market. It’s a special market, where only women can be the buyers and sellers. Rohingya women engaged in BRAC Multi-Purpose Women Centres make and supply products those I sell.

Each day I sell enough to save some for my daughter’s future. I dream of educating my daughter and make her independent so that one day she doesn’t have to struggle like I had.” - Sara Khatun, BRAC participants from the Rohingya community, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.