Tangail Rural Development Service

Located in central northern Bangladesh, this project works within five sub-districts of Tangail district. The western side of this district borders the great Jamuna river. One of Symbiosis' oldest projects, this Service has worked for 17 years among the rural poor from both Bengali and minority communities.

  • Opportunities: The district has easy access to Dhaka with the opportunity for local people to provide fresh fruit and vegetables and the cross river bridge linking the eastern and western halves of the country
  • Challenges: Water purity - Arsenic in the underground water used by the communities on the eastern side of the district and polluted river water. Symbiosis has educated the people in filtration systems to clean the drinking and cooking water.
  • Achievements: 213 primary groups with 3,500 members.

 

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Beauty's Story

Beauty is the 18 year old daughter of a day labourer in a Tangail village. Beauty has not been able to speak since birth. Some time ago, Beauty’s mother, Laily Begum, joined a Symbiosis Functional Education Class where, over 8 months, she learned basic literacy and numeracy skills. Beauty sat beside her through this course and also learned to read and write – a wonderful thing for a person who cannot communicate verbally.

The group went on to take sewing classes, and Beauty took a three month course where she learned how to sew clothes by hand. Her mother took a Tk5000/-(A$75) loan from her group and bought Beauty a sewing machine. Her repayment instalments were Tk400/- (A$6) monthly. Far from being a burden, now Beauty earns Tk700-800/-(A$10-12) for her family each month in sewing, and also raises rabbits, which earn her Tk 800/- ($12) when sold.Beauty is the 18 year old daughter of a day labourer in a Tangail village. Beauty has not been able to speak since birth. Some time ago, Beauty’s mother, Laily Begum, joined a Symbiosis Functional Education Class where, over 8 months, she learned basic literacy and numeracy skills. Beauty sat beside her through this course and also learned to read and write – a wonderful thing for a person who cannot communicate verbally.

Not only is Beauty now able to earn an income for herself, she has also encouraged many of the other girls in her village to be involved in activities which improve their quality of life, such as kitchen gardening and duck and chicken raising.