eNEWSLETTER - November 2013
Your gifts provide women with an education for starting their own businesses,
so they can earn income for their families.
Wearing a new Garment:
Becoming a Tailor
Shauly Khatun used to spend her days crying with her three children as they went another day without food. She watched her neighbor's children attend school, while her children stayed home. She felt angry and sad knowing they'd grow up like her.
As is common in her homeland of Bangladesh, Shauly married at around age 15 and bore her first child at age 16.
Twenty percent of Bangladeshi girls marry before age 15. Their developing bodies are unprepared for childbirth - but they are expected become pregnant. Many of the girls and their infants die during birth.
There is another hardship for these child brides. They drop out of school, leaving them with no skills for earning a living.
At age 27, Shauly felt helpless. She has three children - ages 11, 9 and 3 - but she could do nothing to help them. Her husband, who is 11 years older than her, earned a living running a taxi. From his earnings, the family ate once day, if that. There was no money for school fees.
When Food for the Hungry (FH) came to Shauly's village, she dared to dream. FH helped her pursue an education and taught her business skills.
Shauly joined an FH savings group, which consists of 15 to 20 women who contribute weekly into a group fund. Group members can take out loans from the fund with sets interest rates. Each member receives back their savings, with interest, at the end of each year.
FH teaches group members to read and write. They learn math, business skills and other trainings. The group elects a president, treasurer and secretary. Shauly became her savings group's president.
With her new leadership position, she gained confidence. Shauly pursued her education and learned to read, write and do math. She also enrolled in a three-month sewing training and ranked at the top of her class.
Then she took another courageous step. She took out a 3,000 taka ($38.50 U.S. dollars) loan from the savings group to buy a sewing machine. She started a tailoring business in her village, earning about 600 taka ($7.50 U.S. dollars) each month.
Shauly is running her own tailoring business in her community
earning income to put her children through school.
Finally, she could pay for her children's school fees. Now her dream for her children going to school is coming true. She also earns enough money to provide food for her family, so they eat every day. She takes pride in her work and is now the fashion designer of her village.
Shauly says, "FH has shown me a new way to live my life."
Because of your generosity, women around the world are learning skills to earn income. Through gifts from our Christmas catalog, like sewing machines, women are getting a new start. Please consider giving a gift from FH's Christmas catalog today.
Shauly takes pride in her garment creations in
clothing her family and community members.