“At 16, I became responsible for a family of six.”
Shathi is now a successful dairy and agriculture farmer, but it did not come easily.
“My husband met with an accident when I was 16, so I had to take over looking after the whole family. I hadn’t been to school and I had no assets, but I was the only one who could work - so I got a job as a house help. Most of the money I made went to my husband’s treatment.
In 2019, I received training from BRAC on cattle-rearing, negotiation and financial management. I bought a cow, and sold it for three times the buying price. I started to feel motivated.
I purchased more livestock and leased land to grow vegetables. I learned to identify good breeds of cows, and understand market prices. With every sale I made, I grew my capital.
I’m now a successful farmer, and teaching other women. All I needed was that initial support - just someone to believe I could do it”.
- Shathi, Jashore, Bangladesh