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24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Asrayan families set example in loan payments

BSS

RANGPUR: Ninety rehabilitated families at Purbo Kochua-1 Asrayan Prokalpo in Gangachara upazila here have set a good example in loan payments by achieving self-reliance through income generating activities, reports BSS.

Most of the rehabilitated river-eroded homeless families in nine barracks have also made their own assets by ensuring proper utilisation of revolving microcredit received from the local Upazila Cooperative Office. The Asrayan dwellers said they got back a new life with dream of brighter future for children following implementation of comprehensive social safety-net programmes by the government.

They got skill-building training on various trades and support from the local government departments and Upazila Cooperative Office provided revolving interest-free microcredit to them only at eight percent service charge rate.

“We are making profits to raise our capital through small- scale business, animal husbandry, poultry raising, tree plantation, vegetables and fruit farming at homesteads,” said a widow Tobiya Khatun, 60, rehabilitated there in 1997 under the programme.

Rehabilitated couple Alef Uddin, 58, and Feroza Khatun, 50, said they became homeless 18 years back along with many others as the river Teesta devoured everything they had in nearby village Purbo Kochua Fakirpara.

They narrated in emotion-chocked voice their miserable days passed for years amid uncertainty with young son Sirajul and minor daughter Arjuma on the lands of others and flood control embankments.

“Everything started changing when we got shelter at Purbo Kochua-1 Asrayan Prokalpo. The government of Sheikh Hasina completed its construction during her previous 1996-2001 tenure,” said Feroza.

On completion of training on income generation activities and other issues, Upazila Cooperative Office formed Purbo Kochua Asrayan Phase-2 Project Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited and provided Taka 6,000 microcredit to every rehabilitated family there.

“We bought a heifer, opened grocery shop and completed loan payments through weekly installments to get Taka 10,000 microcredit again when we took lease of seven decimals of cultivable land that gives three crops, including paddy twice a year,” Feroza said.

They again got Taka 15,000 cooperative microcredit for the third time on August 7, 2012 after paying all 45 weekly installments, completed marriage of their daughter Arjuma, 18, purchased a cow and added investment to their grocery shop.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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