Swinging under the gentle breeze, the dazzling field of tomato will catch anybody’s eye spread over around Tatera Bazar in winter. Located not far away from Chandina, Comilla, Tatera Bazar can be reached by small concrete road just within seven kilometer. The area is famous for winter vegetable cultivation which is larger in comparison to many other places of Bangladesh. Today we will tell the story of Majeda (40), a struggling woman of the area, made her dream come true with struggle and determination.
Like many other village women of the country, Majeda got married 23 years ago at very early of her age with Mr. Mofijul Islam of nearby Mridhabari area. With the passage of time, her family size enlarged to 8 members at present with 3 daughters and 3 sons.
Majeda could not continue her school studies beyond class iii due to sudden death of her father. After marriage the poverty-stricken situation made them to move to Comilla city with the aspiration of better live. Her husband started job of rickshaw pulling to maintain family with the little income. Majeda used to pass her days by just caring the children and other household activities. The economic condition of the family did not improve. Poverty was all around that was unbearable. This made Majeda to think desperately for doing something by her-self. With due agreement of her husband, Majeda returned to their native village Tatera with whole family. Started new live by cultivating the small land they had. Majeda was submerged in deep thought about the education of the children. The earlier thought of doing something by her-self started to put thrust in her mind continuously.
While talking, Majeda said, ‘You know, I saw 10 years back that the neighbors are cultivating vegetables here during winter season and earning money. This inspired me and accordingly I started the process, she disclosed.
With smile she further told, “I met Afia Banu, the Secretary of Tatera Bazar Working Women Society, leaving nearby my house who arranged a meeting with Mr. Monir Hossain, Manager of the micro-finance organization DISA at the area’’.
Majeda narrated, ‘The manager was very cordial to brief me on micro-finance and finally told me to join the society, start saving and in the way arrangement for vegetable cultivation will be done’.
Majeda started her endeavor initially with her own saving of Tk.5000.00 along with DISA’s loan of Tk.10000.00 with small land. After repayment of the loan she had Tk.8000.00 balance. Majeda was happy to opine,’ Satisfaction of own income is very much enjoying’. Afterwards Majeda continued vegetable cultivation every year on greater perspective. All the major expenditures like maintaining family, progressing education of the children etc. were supported from the profit of this venture. They started expanding activities through purchasing fallow land of others cultivating different types of vegetables.
‘All the daughters are married now, having TV, CD players and other amenities in house By the grace of almighty lord, we are very fine now’, Majeda is astonished by the success she achieved and her face was beaming with the light of happiness for dreams coming true. Her monthly income is now around Tk. 30,000.00. She had plans for cultivating corn, buying a CNG auto-rickshaw; support the sons to send abroad whenever possible.
A simple venture for tomato cultivation can be of enormous potentiality to change the economic condition of life, women like Majeda who never withdraw de accept the loss in battle, have proved that. Through the stairs of dreams Majeda has made her family self-reliant. She owns 160 decimal of land, It is true that when all the members of a family joins together to achieve a goal of winning over on poverty, it can be done, Majeda is a living example to us all.