Women in remote areas of Satkhira are playing an important role in improving the quality of life in goat rearing and vegetable cultivation. Women from male-dominated families are raising vegetables and animals to achieve economic prosperity as well as improve their quality of life.
Due to the salinity of the soils of Shyamnagar and Asashuni upazilas of the southern region of Satkhira, the men of these areas usually resort to shrimp farming. And the men of the poorest families make a living by working in shrimp farms and brick kilns in different parts of the country. As a result, the women of these families had to wait day after day for men to get what they needed. This makes the wait even heavier as natural disasters hit the coastal areas every year.
At present, the women of these regions are playing an important role in strengthening their position in the family as well as in the social sphere. Many women are even paying for their children’s education. The women of the two upazilas are now self-sufficient with the help of Friendship, a national non-profit and non-political non-governmental development organization. Also financially prosperous. Now they are not fully dependent on their husband’s income and are carrying small expenses on their own. Many are running the whole world.
The Transition Fund Project (ASD) provides goats, sheep, vegetable seeds and training to housewives active in improving the quality of life in Anulia, Pratapnagar of Asashuni Upazila and Padmapukur, Munshiganj and Burigoalini Unions of Shyamnagar Upazila. By raising these goats, sheep and cultivating vegetables, women are being able to fulfill their dreams.
Archana Rani, wife of Murari Sardar of Porakatla village in Burigoalini union, said the family depended on her husband’s income. I first planted vegetables in my backyard with the help of Friendship. Since the yield of vegetables is good, they have earned some money by selling it in the market after eating it themselves. After that I have planned to cultivate vegetables on a large scale in the adjoining land including the yard.
Besides, Archana Rani has earned a lot of money by raising goats. She said, ‘Now I can help my husband financially in the family as well. I can pay some expenses for my child’s education. ‘
Suchitra Aulia of Vamia village in the same union said, “I was dependent on the husband of the only earning person in the world of poverty. At present, I have benefited a lot by starting goat rearing with the help of this NGO. From one goat I now own five goats. I also grow vegetables in my backyard. We sell vegetables to meet our needs. As a result, the families of our poor have become much more prosperous.
Tapasi, wife of Niranjan Mandal of Nakna village in Pratapnagar union of Asashuni upazila, has given birth to two kids for raising goats besides doing housework. Sell one and spend it on household chores. After meeting the needs of the family, he has earned eight thousand rupees by selling vegetables in his backyard. He said that now their family is more prosperous than before.
Similarly, Pinki Rani, a college student from Vamia village in Shyamnagar upazila has become self-reliant. In addition to her education, she is raising animals and cultivating vegetables at home to support herself and her family. Now he doesn’t have to ask anyone for money.
Shyamnagar Upazila Livestock Officer. Zahirul Islam said they are giving free goats, sheep and ducks. This is a great initiative. We have already given training in modern animal husbandry. In addition, we will make arrangements to give the vaccine as soon as possible.
Shyamnagar Upazila Agriculture Officer SM Enamul said the private company Friendship has provided improved varieties of seeds in the saline area. We have also already trained women in modern technology for farming. When we get improved seeds, we will also distribute among these women.
Shahidul Islam, project manager of Friendship, said, “We were by the side of the people for two years. We have tried to contribute to their capital formation. Many are now self-sufficient. If such a project comes in hand in future, I will stand by their side again.
(Dhaka Times / 25 December / KM)
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