SWAPNO Stories

Read & Enjoy the life changing stories of SWAPNO beneficiaries

January 11, 2023

Wind of Change

Champa Begum, originating from Kurigram’s Gopalpur, a successful tea stall owner and a mother of two daughters, tells a very different story when she talks of her past...

December 14, 2022

Meena builds better future for her children

It is perhaps impossible to imagine what goes through a mother when poverty drives her to put her children in an orphanage to ensure food for them. But that’s....

October 4, 2022

Irani: Promoting green entrepreneurship

Thirteen years back, 38-year-oldIrani from Jamalpur had no other choice but to divorce her addicted husband. She was left alone with the responsibility of her threechildren...

May 17, 2022

Micro-health Insurance: Rebuilding The Confidence of The Destitute

Health risks are generally regarded by rural distressed women as the most costly risks...

April 20, 2022

SWAPNO: Empowering and employing women in RMG sector

Twenty-eight-year-old Muslima Akter left her job in Dhaka two years ago to tend to her ailing mother at Bharashimia under Satkhira’s Kaliganj Upazila. She was a...

April 6, 2022

Combating digital fraudulence

Eight months back, Momota Begum went to a local MFS agent to encash her savings after fifteen months of employment at the SWAPNO project....

March 20, 2022

Story of Swapna

38-year-old Swapna from Kanchipara, Gaibandhapossess multiple identities- skilled seamstress, President of a women-ledCooperative, owner of a Vermicompost ...

November 17, 2021

Confronting COVID-19 with SWAPNO’s assistance

Rashida (35) lost her desire to live when her husband disowned her for good. She fell in deep trouble as she had nothing but three children’s responsibilities....

October 14, 2021

An Inspiring Story of Saleha

Burdened with a disabled husband and two children, Saleha’s life had always been in despair. Being the sole breadwinner, she could hardly meet her family’s needs. But

September 23, 2021

Story of Asha: Experiencing success through Entrepreneurship

Just two years back, Asha Akhter was struggling hard to make ends meet. But now, she is the only successful woman...

August 5, 2021

Basak trees changing lives of left-behind enclave women

For Anowara Begum, the last five years were a roller-coaster ride. Being left behind with two daughters as her husband decided...

February 10, 2021

Empowering and employing rural women in RMG sector

Twenty-eight-year-old Muslima Akter left her job in Dhaka two years ago to tend to her ailing mother at Bharashimla under...

November 19, 2020

Farida, a successful entrepreneur

What comes to our mind when we think of a meat-seller? Yes, a man cutting, packaging and selling meat to people. But what if...

November 19, 2020

Tale of Asiron: Homeless becoming owner of new house

Asiron was only 17 years old when she got married and eventually became mother of three children. Coming from a poverty...

September 8, 2020

Shahina recouped her confidence with SWAPNO’s Solidarity package

Whenever any pandemic or natural disaster occurs, people especially rural poor women suffer the most. Shahina Khatun, one of the...

September 8, 2020

Story of Rashida: Confronting COVID-19 with SWAPNO’s assistance

Three years back, when Rashida Khatun’s (35) husband disowned her for good and left her with three children...

September 8, 2020

Shiuly sees a ray of hope as SWAPNO aids her during COVID-19 pandemic

Shiuly Begum (38), hails from Kanchipara union of Fulchari Upazila of Gaibandha district, joins SWAPNO this year with a dream to...

May 21, 2017

How the SWAPNO Project turned a Challenge into an Opportunity

The SWAPNO project stands committed not only to providing an episode of employment for extreme poor women during project...

May 15, 2017

Taming Destitution by Mastering Dressmaking

It takes three hours by an engine boat, crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River, to reach Afsana’s small hut in a remote village...

March 29, 2017

Experience with Ready-made Garment Sector

The Government safety net programme, SWAPNO, entered a partnership with EcoFab, a sister concern of the Viyellatex Group...

March 29, 2017

Public Works Employment for the Benefit of Local Communities

Public Works (PWs) programmes are implemented by the government or aid-agencies to create short term employment for...

March 29, 2017

A Story of Perseverance

Swapna Rani, born in a poverty-stricken family, was married off at the age of twelve, unprepared for marriage and the difficult...

November 15, 2016

Poverty Orphan

It was lean period, starvation was rampant. All edible leaf, vegetables and roots in the village exhausted. Bakron’s family went....

November 15, 2016

Rising from the Ashes

Jamila’s life was literally shattered by the strokes of poverty, river erosion and disease. After marriage she started her new...

November 15, 2016

New Opportunities Float Down the River

Anowara lives on a pristine island in rural Bangladesh, 360km from the capital Dhaka, surrounded by the Dudhkumar (the Milk River)