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25 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Winter sweetmeats key to self-reliance in Lalmonirhat

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Lalmonirhat

A 35-year-old in Lalmonirhat has turned making winter sweetmeats into a lucrative business, showcasing the rewards of self-reliance. Each day, around 500 customers of different ages visit his shop on the main street.

Mithu, the owner, started the business a few years ago at Mission Square in Sadar upazila. Popular for his vapa pitha and chitoi pitha, Mithu is highly skilled in making various kinds of winter sweetmeats.

Every year, Mithu sets up the pitha shop in the Bengali month of Karthik and runs it for four months up to the end of Falgun.

 The earnings from the seasonal stall enable him to support his five-member family, including his elderly parents.

On offer at Mithu’s stall are items like chitoi pitha, patishapta, vapa pitha, tel pitha, boiled eggs, and chotpoti. Pitha is especially popular during the winter months, with customers buying the items for their families too.

Speaking with The Independent, Mithu admitted to doing business of Tk. 10,000–12,000 daily. He has employed five youths to help serve customers.

Each worker is paid Tk. 300 daily. In addition, five women work at home to prepare the raw material for the different types of pitha. Mithu pays them Tk. 200 per head daily.

You can find him busy making pitha at great speed as customers wait at the stall. He revealed that he makes special vapa pitha, chitoi pitha, and patishapta.

Anyone who eats his pitha is sure to return for more, he added.

Once the season ends, Mithu will close the stall and start dealing in seasonal fruits like litchi and mango.

He said that he is very happy with his work but lacks the capital to run any other business. Loan from a commercial bank or other institution would enable him to do even better, he added.

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