Madina Khatoon is ten years old. She has 3 brothers. Her father died of Tuberculosis when she was seven years old. Her father was a daily wage earner and they all lived in a dilapidated hut. Her father did not leave any money for them to survive upon. Madina’s mother, Tazmira Bibi does not have any skills to earn. This family was struggling for survival.
The family were forced to go without food for periods. Tazmira managed to discuss her problems with some of the Nishtha staff. The staff immediately arranged some food for the family, but was aware that this wasn’t a sustainable solution to the family’s problems. They thought that a creative way for Tazmira to be able to help herself and her family would be if they taught her how to make the recycled paper bags that Nishtha train girls in. The staff also contacted the local grocery shop and arranged for them to buy the bags that Tazmira would produce. After some time, Tazmira had some capital in her hand to run her business on her own. Tazmira is carrying on with her business for nearly two and half years. Now she is stable and whenever she faces any financial constraint, the shop keepers arranges for old newspapers on credit, which she uses to make the bags. Through this, she is able to fully meet the basic needs of her family.
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