Empowering rural Women through Sewing Training

by Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) Vetted since 2013 Site Visit Verified


Mathurapur Jolly Polly is a typical fishing village adjacent of the world's largest single mangrove forest. Mangrove ecosystem has been impacted due to over harvesting of natural resources. So, there is an urgent need to balance between human and nature. We developed skill of 50 women shrimp fry collectors on handicraft and sewing activities in BEDS training center at Mathurapur. But at this moment they need more sewing machines and materials support for conducting their business.

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Poverty is the main barrier for sustainable development and conservation. People of Sundarbans region are very poor. They completely depend on Sundarbans resources. Women are very much underprivileged. Girls get married at early age and do not get education. Natural disasters are another problem for this community.. For this reason, we need to empower women for long-term co-existence to create harmony among all living beings.


Our trained women are not capable at all to purchase new sewing machines for them. Developing market chain for their produced product is another impossible task for them. So, if we support the women from this project, they will be able to continue their product making activities through it. If they will make new and standard products, their poverty will be reduced and they will be able to lead a happy and anxiety free life.

Long-Term Impact

Sewing machines will help the women to continue their handicraft making activities in the long run. If these trained women can earn money from this business, their poverty will automatically be reduced. These women shrimp fry collectors will divert their profession from fishing to businesses which will reduce some pressure on the Sundarbans and increase their family income. Their children will continue their study without going to the forest and will become assets for the society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


The Sumar-Lakhani Foundation

Organization Information

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)

Location: Khulna - Bangladesh
Website: http:/​/​www.bedsbd.org
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Project Leader:
Md. Maksudur Rahman
Khulna, Khulna Bangladesh
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