A Testimony of Upoma Rani Mahato

“I’m Upoma Rani Mahato of village Chalkkathal Mahato para in Ghoraghat upazila under Dinajpur district. I am 25 years old and got married six years ago. I am a housewife and my husband Sagor Mahato (30) was a day labor and passing hand to mouth and several times my husband was becoming jobless due to his limited profession. In this situation we had been trying to change our activities and my husband’s profession but failed.

In 2016 I met with Sudarshan Malo, SALT Facilitator of Bangladesh Social Service (BSS). He was arranging a meeting with some vulnerable women and discussed making a Self Help Group in our village. I was admitted there and after six month I made one thousand eighty five taka through group activities & weekly savings. I proposed for a loan in our group and took a loan. I gave the loan to my husband Sagor Mahato. Sagor Mahato chose an island beside the road for the shop and bought mechanical tools for rickshaw, bicycle and van. He started technical works and repairing. Now he is famous for being a good technician and earning five to six hundred taka regularly. It is more than day labor.” This is what Upoma expressed to the SALT team. She added that SALT –SHG made her life fruitful for income sources. She bade thanks to the SALT program and its authorities.

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