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Category : Microfinance | Sub Category : Success History Posted on 2021-02-23 05:24:40
The progress of women in the country is eye-catching. Although a large part of women,s self-reliance is employed, many women are now coming forward as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial women are moving forward leaving behind various adversities. They are helping other women as well as themselves to become entrepreneurs. One such successful entrepreneur is Most. Kulsum Akhter, a resident of Kachair village in Shimulia Union, Dhamrai, near Dhaka. She is a mother and wife together as well as a successful entrepreneur. She was born in the neighboring village Kansapara. At a very young age, she got married to Md. Abdul Hannan. Born into a conservative family, she was forced to finish her studies up to 5th standard. This time we are organizing with the story of Most Kulsum Akhter becoming an entrepreneur. Our PMK representative is giving details while talking to Most Kulsum Akhter.
Want to know about yourself?
I am Most. Kulsum Akhter, born in a village near Shimulia Union in Dhamrai near Dhaka. Father Ismail Hossain, I am the eldest daughter of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. At present I have 2 daughters and 2 sons. My initiative is like my 5th child. Because along with 4 children, I have also grown my business with labor.
I want to know the story of the beginning of becoming an entrepreneur?
Basically, the urge to get rid of the lack of world and extreme poverty and to become an entrepreneur to realize my dream. From the very beginning of my life I have always been an independent woman. I like to be like myself. The lack of a husband,s family, the education of the children and the cost of the family all had to be done by oneself. So I had to work hard to make ends meet. I used to collect old copper cans in different areas and process them at home to make new products and then sell them from house to house. It would have earned very little. Somehow my family continues in Tenetun. But my dream was different - I thought to myself that if copper cassava could be made directly from machinery and raw materials, the amount of income might be much higher - I took this initiative from that cherished dream. I always dreamed that one day I would have a small copper caster factory. We will produce copper casa directly from the raw material there. Basically, my journey started from that thought.
Now what kinds of products are available in your factory?
At present my factory has copper and cassar glasses, plates, cassar dishes, cassa-brass pitchers, bell bells, jugs and jugs of various designs. These are made with different designs and designs.
I want to know about the first loan taken from PMK?
A factory requires an electric motor and deck for raw material processing, enough raw materials to make the product, coal, two small tin houses and dice which urgently require about one lakh taka. But in all, I had only 20,000 taka. I remember that 2011. Next to my house there was an association of Palli Mongal Karmosuchi (PMK). Without delay, I got admitted in the 3rd Women,s Association of Kachiar and started saving some things every week. And I keep on hoping then comes that surprisiging moment. Most likely, on August 18, 2011, the PMK gave me a loan of Tk. 60,000. And did not have to look back
How many people work in your factory?
My Casa brass factory currently employs about 10-12 men and women. I pay them 600-700 taka based on their daily attendance. As such, I pay the workers around 80,000-90,000 taka.
How do you overcome the challenges and what are the goals of the newcomers?
An entrepreneur means every moment is a challenge. I am a poor mother and with life, a girl struggling with poverty can overcome any challenge. The family and society could not accept the factory work as a girl in the beginning. They were very annoyed. But I liked it and worked with my head down. For those who want to start a new business, I would like to say one thing - work with honesty and dedication until success is achieved.
Evaluate PMK,s contribution to your success?
The products I have produced have sold a lot at international trade fairs through PMK. I dream that one day my product will one day be established as a band and will be exported abroad. PMK,s financial support has brought me far today. We want to move forward with the help of PMK in the future and create jobs especially for women.
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