SWAPNO Stories

An Inspiring Story of Saleha

Burdened with a disabled husband and two children, Saleha’s life had always been in despair. Being the sole breadwinner, she could hardly meet her family’s needs. But after joining UNDP’s SWAPNO project, Saleha starts rebuilding her life by working as an entrepreneur. Originating from Lalmonirhat’s Chinipara village, 26-year-old Saleha used...

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Story of Asha: Experiencing success through Entrepreneurship

Just two years back, Asha Akhter was struggling hard to make ends meet. But now, she is the only successful woman entrepreneur in her entire community. Seeing her attainment, other women are now trying to start their own business. Originating from a small village of the Gaibandha district named Kokrahat,...

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Basak trees changing lives of left-behind enclave women

For Anowara Begum, the last five years were a roller-coaster ride. Being left behind with two daughters as her husband decided to go for India when the enclave exchange occurred, no earning source and no training, life seemed to be in dire straits. The 38-year-old resident of Kurigram’s Dasiyarchhara saw...

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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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