Shahida Begum Defeated poverty through Betel Leaf cultivation


International helping organization Muslim Aid Bangladesh running Fael Khair Program (interest free micro credit program) funded by Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Bagerhat Sadar Branch.

Shahida Begum is a Micro credit beneficiary of that program. She lives in a village named Badekara Para in Bagerhat Sadar upazilla under Bagerhat District. Her husband Nakib Nazimuddin was a poor farmer with small pieces of land. His poor income from the land leads him through the poverty. They have three daughters but they couldn’t care them properly. When they were serious in trouble that moment Shahida heard about Muslim Aid service charge free loan program and got admitted herself into a Microfinance Program’s samity (code no.-10) in her village Badekara Para on 05.07.2009. Four (04) weeks later she took loan amount of Tk.15, 000 from Muslim Aid Bangladesh Bagerhat Sadar branch office. The amount she used for betel leaf gardening with his husband assistance and experience. After few days the garden turned into a beautiful garden. First time she earned TK.20,000 form betel leaf selling. After one year she took more loan amount of TK. 20,000. She received total amount of loan TK. 140,000. Day by day they are expanding their betel leaf field. Each and every month they earn 15,000 to 18,000 Tk. Day by day their income is increasing from betel leaf selling. By this time they have given marriage of their two daughters. Their younger daughter is the student of accounting honour’s at PC College. They Installed a tube-well & sanitary latrine at her home. Now they are very happy. Shahida said that the changes are achieved by the grace of almighty Allah and the help of Muslim Aid service charge free loan. She thanks to Muslim Aid Bangladesh & IDB for their benevolent activities.