New life direction for electrical trainee
As the eldest son, 20-year-old Rasicdul Islam is expected to help support his family. With limited finances, he had to quit his studies but couldn't secure regular work.
A Habitat project, funded by Korean aid, provided a two-month electrical training course that was his ticket to a better life.
"As the elder son, it's my responsibility to take care of the family. This course has helped me take a measured position and I now have a life direction," he said.
Sharing the experience
Nur Akter, 44, candidly shared the difficulties she had in her community before she was the beneficiary of a Habitat project.
At the closing ceremony of the Korean aid funded project in January, Nur Akter spoke in front of over 100 of her fellow community members, saying her relationship with neighbours was poor because her family's toilet was unhygienic and had a pungent smell. The toilet was an open pit, closed in by flimsy plastic sheets so it offered little privacy. With a husband, one son and a daughter at home, it was a health hazard for her family as well as the community. With just a small income from farm laboring, the family could not afford to upgrade the latrine on their own.
With a new latrine installed beside the house by the Habitat project, not only has it improved sanitation and the smell, it's also improved the asthetic of the house and relationships with neighbours.
Nur Akter says that after the new latrine was installed, her status in the community improved and now others who need a toilet come to see hers as an example of best practice.
Training offers new hope
Sewing and business training from Habitat Bangladesh has boosted the confidence and job prospects of 25-year-old mother Shathi Akter.
She gave up her part-time job for two months to undertake the training which she says has given her confidence and an opportunity to supplement her family's income.
After completion of the training she is planning to go back to her old part-time job as a loan collector and start her own business at home. She is planning to get contracts from the local market and from her village.