Mintu is a teenage boy from Dewaniyabari, a small village in Bangladesh. He comes from a family of hard workers. His mother works in the home and is a member of a Food for the Hungry savings and loan group. Mintu’s father is a rickshaw driver. His two brothers and sister also work. Despite the way in which each family member was contributing to the family’s income, they still barely had enough to survive, much less to pay for Mintu’s education.
Gaining confidence from what FH taught her, Mintu’s mother, Rawshan, felt empowered to speak with her son’s employer about the importance of his education. The employer released Mintu from his work contract, and he returned to school. Mintu was overjoyed. Now, he has the opportunity to focus on school.
Mintu’s dream is to find a good job after finishing school and to help his family. “If someone has the willingness and the interest to do something good, God also shows interest in it and helps with his blessings,” Mintu says. “I am the living example of that.”