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Asrayan Prokalpo in Rangpur

90 landless families rehabilitated

90 landless families rehabilitated

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RANGPUR:  The Purbo Kochua-1 Asrayan Prokalpo has changed fortune of 90 river-eroded distressed families in Nohali union under Gangachara upazila here through various income generating activities in recent years.
The rehabilitated inhabitants living in nine barracks there have got new life with shelter, address, livelihoods and brighter future for children following successful implementation of the government’s comprehensive social safety-net programmes.
Talking to BSS recently, the rehabilitated families at Purbo Kochua-1 Asrayan Prokalpo said they are fortunate enough to make laudable own assets through income generation activities using the cooperative microcredit and paying back of the same.
They have been getting continuous support from the local government departments and Upazila Cooperative Office has been providing revolving interest-free microcredit loans for enhancing income generating activities to assist them in achieving self-reliance.
Rehabilitated Tobiya Khatun, Nazrul Islam and Bulbuli Begum said they have raised own capitals through small businesses, animal husbandry, poultry, tree plantation, homestead gardening utilising the microcredit and training under the programme.
“We became homeless 15 years back when the Teesta devoured everything we had in nearby village Purbo Kochua Fakirpara in the same upazila,” said couple Alef Uddin and Feroza Khatun.
They passed miserable days and also starved amid uncertainty with son Sirajul, and daughter Arjuma Khatun on the lands of others, highlands and flood control embankments.
“However, everything started changing after we got shelter here to begin new life as the then government of Sheikh Hasina completed its construction during her previous 1996-2001 tenure,” the couple added.
They said Upazila Cooperative Office formed Purbo Kochua Asrayan Phase-1 Project Multipurpose Cooperative Society Lt, provided training on income generating activities, other issues and Tk 6,000 as microcredit to every rehabilitated family.
“We bought a heifer, opened grocery shop and completed loan payments through 45 weekly installments to get Tk 10,000 microcredit again when we took lease of seven decimals land that gives three crops, including paddy twice a year,” they said.
After paying all 45 weekly installments, they again got Tk 15,000 cooperative microcredit for the third time, completed marriage of their daughter Arzina, purchased more cows and made investment rest of the amount in their grocery shop.
The couple said they are now leading solvent life with sanitation and pure drinking water facilities and having assets worth over Tk 4.25 lakh though they had nothing after becoming homeless following river erosion some 15 years back.
Rehabilitated Moshiur Rahman and his wife Anichha Begum living there said they purchased a heifer and an old shallow machine after getting Tk 6,000 cooperative microcredit for the first time.
After completing loan payment, they again got Tk 9,000, purchased another cow and 12 decimals cultivable land, again Tk 12,000 and later got Tk 15,000 microcredit after completing payments of their successive loans.
“We have now assets of Tk 3.50 lakh. We are earning through cultivating own land, crushing paddy and irrigating others field using shallow machine and our children Minal, 16, Tazul, 10, and Tanzina, 9, are going to the school,” the couple said.
Like many others, couples Nurul Amin and Shahana, Hafizul and Bijlee, Alamgir and Saifunnahar, Mofizul and Rubiya, Nur Islam and Bulbuli, Momidul and Beauty also narrated their similar success stories in changing their fortune.
Chairman of Nohali union Abul Kalam Azad Titul said the Asrayan Prokalpo has become very effective in changing fortune of the rehabilitated river-eroded and have-nots group floating people through various income-generation activities.     —BSS