"One goat was a blessing for our family, I am not worried any more. I take care of my goats as family members. I am not dependent on others' help any more", said Nurunnahar.
Nurunnahar (30) lives with her husband and three daughters in Chachtipatang village in Tungiparia union, Barisal district. Her husband Nirob Kazi (40) is partially disabled and her three daughters at 7, 5, and 3 are at school.Nurunnahar's life was a struggle before she was involved in Nobo Jibon program. Her husband cannot do heavy physical work and his monthly income of 2000 taka was not enough to cover even the
basic needs. They couldn't afford three meals a day and the children had to drop out of school.
She had to take a job as a housemaid and their daily life was very hard. She was constantly worried for her family.
Life became better with Nobo Jibon program in 2010. Community Base Growth Promotion taught Nurunnahar about nutritional food, safe water, and sanitary matters.
Courtyard sessions were a real help for her family. She learnt different goat rearing techniques by attending Nobo Jibon training and received a goat of her own in May 2012.
The number of her goats tripled in a few months since goats have 3-4 goatlings, she had later 27 goats. Money problems forced her to sell five male goats for 9450 taka each.
Nurunnahar is in regular contact with Market Promoters and regularly vaccinates her goats at the Livestock Service Provider. Following the recommendation of the Market Promoter and Field Facilitator she also cultivates bottle gourds and harvested more
than 100 bottle gourds which brought her more than 500 taka. Nurunnahar has now a plan to buy a cow in the near future.
Nobo Jibon's assistance and Nurunnahar's own hard work have made a difference in her life.
She is not any more classified as extreme poor but is solvent and making profit. Her 22 goats are her strongest asset during tough times. Her community sees her as a successful woman and she also represents.
- Feature prepared by Save the Children in Bangladesh