SWAPNO Stories

Story of Muslima: Empowering and employing rural women in RMG sector

Twenty-eight-year-old Muslima Akter left her job in Dhaka two years ago to tend to her ailing mother at Bharashimla under Satkhira’s Kaliganj Upazila. She was a graduate from SWAPNO and had already worked at a garments factory in Dhaka for a year. “I began working as a tailor in the village,...

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SWAPNO brings out the best version of myself – Farida, a successful entrepreneur

What comes to our mind when we think of a meat-seller? Yes, a man cutting, packaging and selling meat to people. But what if a woman doing all these activities efficiently? Farida Begum, a successful entrepreneur from SWAPNO project, has transformed her life through working as a meat-seller. Among five...

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Tale of Asiron: Homeless becoming owner of new house

Asiron was only 17 years old when she got married and eventually became mother of three children. Coming from a poverty-stricken family, Asiron had suffered extreme level of anguishes in every stage of her life. Despite all sufferings, she didn’t give up and stood for herself. Now, she has a...

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Shahina recouped her confidence with SWAPNO’s Solidarity package

Whenever any pandemic or natural disaster occurs, people especially rural poor women suffer the most. Shahina Khatun, one of the SWAPNO participants, experienced the same. Her family didn’t know how they would survive in this challenging times. That time, SWAPNO came forward to lessen her anguishes. But how? Let’s have...

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Story of Rashida: Confronting COVID-19 with SWAPNO’s assistance

Three years back, when Rashida Khatun’s (35) husband disowned her for good and left her with three children, she had no idea on how she could even survive. Rashida originates from Syampur Union of Jamalpur district. She has joined SWAPNO this year. “When my husband decided to leave me, I...

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Shiuly sees a ray of hope as SWAPNO aids her during COVID-19 pandemic

Shiuly Begum (38), hails from Kanchipara union of Fulchari Upazila of Gaibandha district, joins SWAPNO this year with a dream to become self-dependent. Having two children, she lives with her mother as her husband divorced her seven years ago. At that time, she was not involved in any job. “I had...

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How the SWAPNO Project turned a Challenge into an Opportunity

The SWAPNO project stands committed not only to providing an episode of employment for extreme poor women during project duration, but also to promoting employability beyond the project, and to ease the transition from safety net employment to market driven employment. While most of the poor in Bangladesh are destined...

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Taming Destitution by Mastering Dressmaking

“I want my daughters to take up government jobs.” Afsana Khatun, SWAPNO participant, Kurigram It takes three hours by an engine boat, crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River, to reach Afsana’s small hut in a remote village of Rowmari Upazila in Kurigram district. A legacy of poverty traversed through generations in...

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SWAPNO: Experience with Ready-made Garment Sector

The Government safety net programme, SWAPNO, entered a partnership with EcoFab, a sister concern of the Viyellatex Group, to provide jobs for destitute women. SWAPNO is a cash-for-work project that aims to lift rural women out of extreme poverty by providing them with employment and access to skills and assets. ...

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SWAPNO: Public Works Employment for the Benefit of Local Communities

Background Public Works (PWs) programmes are implemented by the government or aid-agencies to create short term employment for increased income and food consumption, poverty and poverty gap reduction, and infrastructure development. PWs are a prominent part of the social safety net portfolio in developing countries, especially in Africa and South...

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