Here are some Case Studies of Rural Development Society (RDS)
Success story of Anubha Halder
Anubha Haldar, age 34, wife of Haripada Haldar, Anubha Haldar is a permanent resident of Rajapur village of Ramshil union under Kotalipara police station. She is physically handicapped. One hand is smooth and another hand is imperfect. She doesn’t get much power in that hand. Because of that she is a neglect of the family. Her husband did not even honor her. An inaugural meeting on the topic of generating income held in her area. A field worker from the RDS conducted the Courtyard meeting. Anubha Haldar attended the Courtyard meeting. Anubha Haldar was inspired to attend the meeting and to talk about income.
She takes a loan from RDS for the first time. Anubha Haldar started working for the cottage industry with 10 thousand BDT. She begins to make fishing hooks. Day by day the business continues to make good profit.
But sadly the demand for the handmade hooks is reduced to the large number of various companies made in the modern way.
Anubha Haldar borrowed Tk. 15 Thousand BDT under the EGAM project on 12/01/2016 and she started a new business of tea shop next to her house.
She is benefiting from this business. Her only son is reading in the seventh grade. All of the family’s expenses, including the education of the son, come from that tea shop. In addition, she purchased a cow from that business. Now the cow gives her 3 to 4 liters of milk every day. Anubha Haldar is doing well to support the family by selling milk in the market.
Anubha Haldar’s status has increased to her husband, family and everyone else.
Minati's Cottage Industry Success Story
Minati Sarkar, age 20 years. The husband’s name is Jhontu Sarkar. Village: Khagbari, Post: Ramshil, Upazila: Kotwalipara, District: Gopalganj. She took out a loan of BDT 15000 from RDS in the first phase on January 2016. With that money she started working in the cottage industry and she made Dohar, Chai etc. with the bamboo.
Before taking that loan, she used to take money from the Village Mahajan at a higher rate. As a result, every year a large amount of money would have to be paid to the Village Mahajan. She had to sell the land to pay back the interest and the real money together to the Village Mahajan. Minati used to work hard; nevertheless, she did not get rid of the high interest rate pact of Mahajan. She was suddenly introduced to an RDS worker. Later on Minati borrowed a loan from Egam Project of RDS with a small amount of interest. Minati regularly pays easy installments of her loans of RDS. She was relieved. As a result, Minati become benefitted from her business and her capital increases.
By doing this business she purchased a cow. Minati cultivates land in addition to her cottage industry work and thus she gains financial ability. As a result, she can now buy fine clothes for her child’s and also can provide food right away.
Minati will buy another cow with another loan from RDS and that is her future plan.
Mamotaz Clothing business Success Story
7 years past from today. Mamotaz Begum, 29 of Bandhabari village under Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj district of the southern part of Bangladesh started a cloth business. She has witnessed many accidents in her personal life. After her marriage, her husband, Soleman Kazi (35) looked suspiciously at her. He did not love her and did not give her food. He didn’t even have any nice clothes to wear. Her husband often abused her physically.
The mother of four children is Mamotaz. She is frustrated with having children. She began to wonder what to do. That’s when she spoke to the RDS field worker. Then according to the employee’s suggestion, she first received a loan of Tk. 20,000/=. With that money she started a cloth business. She started selling women’s clothes and children’s clothes at low prices. Having done all the work of the family, she took clothes and sold them to people’s doorsteps. In this way, it gradually started to benefit and started sending the boys to school. At the same time, she started buying some rice and pulses for her family uses. In this way, her mental, financial changes began. The needs of her family were met. Her acceptance in her family began to grow and her contact with the community increased.
She later borrowed Tk. 40000 again under the EGAM project and rented a permanent shop in the local market. The store stocks more clothes. Mamotaz Begum also buys a sewing machine to conduct business. Mamotaz Begum, along with the boy, decorated the shop. Now sales in her store have increased. Her financial situation has improved. Mamotaz Begum has repaid the loan installment rightly. Mamotaz Begum has been able to wedded her two daughters well. Today, Mamotaz is considered as a good wife to her husband.
Mamotaz manages all the accounts, income and expenditure of the family. She is now planning some subsidiary businesses such as poultry farms, fish farming and tea shops. She will expand those businesses with a loan of two more times and this is her future plan.
Suraiya Begum's success through the tea shop
Suraya Begum, age 38. She was born in a poor family in the village of Bandhabari in Kotalipara upazila. She was married to a poor family in the same village. Her husband’s name is Muzaffar Shikdar.
She came to her husband’s house and had to go through a lot of grief. Two handfuls of rice to eat two times a day, she had to work as a day laborer in other peoples land all the day continuously. Thus after a few years, Suraya got tired. Suraiya eventually sold her house for survival. She left the village and went to the city. Within a few years, the number of her sons and daughters goes up. She was forced to leave the city and return to the village. Suraya and her husband work hard in the village again.
One day, Suraiya tells all the stories of her life to an RDS field worker. The field worker suggested taking out a loan to deal with her distress. Suraya takes loan from RDS Income Generation Activities for Mothers EGAM project. She started a small tea shop business with the loan. The store started to stock various items in small quantities. Thus, her condition gradually changed. Suraya Begum admitted 3 girls and 1 boy to school. In this way each of her children grew up learning. They take education as well as labor with parents.
Thus the day passes. Suraya has married her two daughters. One girl is currently in SSC and a boy studies in the seventh grade.
She didn’t have a house, not a piece of space. Through hard work and sacrifice, she has been able to buy a place and build a house. Her shortcomings have been greatly reduced.
Suraya will take more loans and grow the business. Thus, the business she will operate for 2-3 years. She will buy cows and bring prosperity to life. This is her future plan.