Marjina chooses ‘Nakshi Kantha’ to build a better life together
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much, ”said Helen Keller, an American author.
Marjina Begum, a resident of Bamoner Hat village in Ulipur upazila, has proven that amazing results can be achieved in groups and teams, as Helen Keller said.
Marjina, in her early forties, not only reshaped her own destiny, but also changed the lives of 360 other poor women. His biggest goal of overcoming poverty and living a better life saw success when he started sewing “Nakshi Kantha”, a traditional embroidered quilt.
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The journey of Marjina, mother of two, was not so easy to become an entrepreneur. But her dedication and determination helped her achieve the big goal.
She started her business with five small quilts three years ago and has made money from those who have encouraged her to achieve greater feats. Marjina then hired a few other women from her neighborhood to make “Nakshi Kantha” and started selling them.
In the pursuit of a common cause, Marjina shared the profits with the women she had hired.
Seeing the spirit of unity and incredible success, more girls and women joined Marjina and helped her build “Tabakpur Mahila Unnayan Samity”.
She got an overwhelming response from buyers and started selling embroidered quilts, saris, pillow cases, shawls, jute jewelry in large volumes.
Today, the workers of “Tabakpur Mahila Unnayan Samity” earn between 2,000 and 8,000 Tk per month, depending on the volume of their work.
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In 2019, Marjina’s samity received an order from Bengal Craft with help from the Asia Foundation, but they reportedly canceled their order a year later due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020, she started working with Nodi Limited of Friendship Bangladesh under a long term agreement. Handicrafts made by Marjina’s business house are now on display in various showrooms and exhibitions in Dhaka.
During a visit to the Marjina factory, the UNB correspondent found with joy and happiness all the workers busy making various products.
While chatting with workers like Lucky, Eti and Rumi, the correspondent learned that they worked here alongside their studies and made 500 Tk for each quilt and thus received 2,000 to 3,000 Tk per month by sewing 5 to 6 quilts.
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Speaking to UNB, Marjina said that if she got financial support from a private or government organization, then she could expand her business because she dreamed of creating jobs for 3,000 women and girls.
Jahangir Alam, Deputy Director of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Kurigram, said: “We provided training in Marnija. Mainly, we also gave it a loan of Tk un lakh in addition to providing technical support for the production of its products.