From Jamalpur Sherpur Development Project (JSDP)
Rikta is a 27 year old woman who lives in the Jamalpur District. Her husband’s name is Samiul and his occupation is in agriculture and farming. They have one daughter named Usha who is five years old and currently in nursery school.
Rikta got married when she was just 15 years old. Samiul was a poor farmer and he had no land of his own. Samiul’s income alone made it extremely difficult to provide for the family. He had taken loans from other organisations previously but throughout the year he was always repaying debts, not saving money.
Wanting to overcome this debt trap, Rikta got involved with Symbiosis through the Functional Education Course. She became a member of the Golap Women’s Group which was formed in July 2021. Through the group activities, Rikta was informed about several social and environmental issues in her community. She also received training on cow rearing and other income generation activities.
Since she started in 2021, Rikta’s current group savings has grown to Tk. 2950 (45 AUD). Recently, Rikta took a loan of Tk. 12,000 (182 AUD) from the group fund and by adding some of her husband’s income she bought a cow. The cow has now given birth to a calf which is giving regular milk each day, able to be sold. Rikta earns Tk. 200-250 (3.80 AUD) everyday by selling cow milk and is slowly seeing a change from being able to save money.
We would like to recognise and thank Rikta and the Project Manager for JSDP, Hazrat Ali, for collating this information and sharing this story.