By AKM Kamal Uddin Chowdhury
DHAKA, Jan 3, 2017 (BSS/Unicef Feature) - Social criticism and patriarchal society could not hinder Sultana Popy in becoming a successful self-employed, who is now running Rangdhanu Academy, a block and boutique training center, where women are given training for self-employment.
"Training is very important to become success in any professions. I established Rangdhanu Academy, a block and boutique training center, by taking training from Mohammadpur branch of Department of Youth Development (DYD). Again, I took training from DYD Mirpur Branch and now I am giving training to women seeking self-employment opportunity," said Popy who started her career as an NGO worker after SSC examination in 1988.
"From my life, I have realized that without training, I could not become successful as a self-employed woman. I worked with many organizations, including Aarong, as a saleswoman in 1991, But, I always cherished a dream to do something for women as well as society. So, I started Rangdhanu Academy by taking loan from my husband, DYD and with own funds," she said.
"Now, I feel proud to become successful as a self-employed woman. I am now contributing to the country's development through training women. The DYD also awarded me as a successful self-employed (first position) woman," said Popy, a wife of private service holder.
"Like Sultana Popy, I also took training in 2003 from Mymensingh
Garments Training Centre under the DYD and the centre gave me a swing machine. From that time, I started struggle to become self-reliant and make my family solvent," said Inun Nahar, younger one of a family of nine brothers and sisters.
"My husband was only Taka 1200 salary's service holder. He advised me to do something for mitigating financial crisis. I started business ignoring all social criticism and now I have capital of Taka 20 lakh and per year net income of Taka 5.5 lakh," said Inun who lost her father at the age of three-year.
Inun Nahar, also mother of a boy who is studying in Dhaka University, has also got 'National Youth Award 2016' (Women quota) for her great contribution to women empowerment in the society.
"DYD has already provided necessary training to the at about 48 lakh youths till July 2016 and of them, 20 lakh youths have become self-reliant, "said DYD Director General Anwarul Karim.
Around 30 percent of the total trained youths are women and most of the training modules of the department are for women.
He also said DYD is working relentlessly to make the youths, especially the women, self-reliant.
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) President Selima Ahmed said women would have to acquire good knowledge on how to start a business, how it operates, how to manage finance and market potentially of her products to become a successful entrepreneur, otherwise she cannot face all challenges with man.
"BWCCI is working relentlessly to increase further the capacity of a women entrepreneur. The chamber has already provided training to over 35,000 women and set a plan to give more 9,000 women in 120 upazilas across the country. Many of them have become success of their respective business," she added.
She also underscored the need for increasing women leadership for giving guidelines to the women entrepreneurs for becoming success.
Selima, also vice-chairperson of the Nitol-Niloy Group, observed that the bankers, society and all others would have to change their minds and consider the women entrepreneur as an entrepreneur for giving them proper support including finance and training to run a business smoothly.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)