Samat Lovely Begum runs a provisions store at Mollahpara in Lokkhichar, Jamalpur, Bangladesh. The store is located opposite a school in the city, which helps in getting a steady flow of customers. When her husband passed away 11 years ago, her three children were small and managing them was quite a task. The eldest, Mohammed Usman Goni, was in school and helped her mother manage the store.
It was essential for the family to expand their small business so that their growing needs could be met.
Now with a computer, printer and a photocopying machine, the business has expanded for the modest needs of the family. “The income is now better than before,” Samat, a mother of three, beams, as she says that she wants to help it grow to help with a better life.
The Women Business Centres (WBC) initiative was launched two years ago and has since trained 50 women directly for 10 centres, who have in turn impacted 20,000 women in the project’s first two phases. Driven by
People come to the WBC to pay their electricity bill, pay their taxes, make photocopies of documents, click pictures etc. There is a school nearby from where kids come over for their stationery needs and buy packaged food items.
Says Iti Rani Sarkar, Field Facilitator, United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal),
The story of Samat Lovely Begum is just one of the many where
Earlier this year,
5by20 focuses on helping women entrepreneurs across the