NALBARI, July 23 - Confidence of a young lady of Larkuchi village in Nalbari district has brought about a lot of change in her life and showed the path of income to nine other families of the village. After marriage, the woman passed the HS examination and at present is studying in the BA 5th semester at Barkshetri College near Mukalmua as a regular student. The name of the lady is Taslima Begum, about 30 years of age. A mother of two sons, Taslima was married off just after she passed the HSLC examination. Due to poor state of economic condition of her maternal family, education of the girl was disrupted. Unfortunately, the economic condition of her in-laws house was also not sound.
In 2010, Taslima formed a women self help group (SHG) under the name and style, Rupali SHG with nine other poor women of the village. The SHG was formed under the National Rural Livelihood Mission and it received all possible support for success. With the income of the SHG, she succeeded to manage her family besides continuing her studies and expenses. Her capacity and fluency in speaking made her the Jeevika Sakhi of NRLM. Now Taslima is motivating other women of the Barkshetri block areas for self employment generation.
Taslima is not the only woman benefited from the SHG. The president of the Rupali SHG Sufiya Begum received a loan from the SHG and established a shop for her son Mazibur Rahman at Rampur Chowk along the Mukalmua-Doulashal road. Similarly, Mahmuda Begum herself set up a shop at Rampur where her husband helped in income generation. Taslima, secretary of the Rupali SHG while talking to this correspondent recently said that the women of the group at present are making fishing net, cultivating sali crops and vegetables individually and in groups. She added that the market of fishing net is very encouraging during monsoons. The middlemen purchase the fishing nets from their homes. The poor women can easily earn more income from the fishing net business, Taslima added.
While talking to this correspondent, Manish Barkataki, block project manager of NRLM said that a good number of women SHGs of the Barkshetri areas have been doing great job to generate their family income. He added that the women of this locality are very enthusiastic to do something of their own. Barkataki said that a confident lady like Taslima will encourage hundreds of poor interested women to do something concrete.