‘Asrayan Prakalpa’ changing fortune of helpless women

16 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rehana Akter, a dweller of Dharmapur Ashrayan Prakalpa in Feni district, led floating life after the death of her husband in 1997 but she has been able to change her fortune by taking assistance from the ‘Asrayan Prakalpa’.

“I had to face a very hard time . . . I had no house for living and managing meal once a day for my three children was difficult for me but I have been able to overcome the poverty with the help of the government’s rehabilitation and credit facility project,” said Rehana Akter who lost her husband in a road accident when she was 32, reports BSS.

Rahena was rehabilitated in Dharmapur Asrayan project in 2000. After rehabilitation, the Social Welfare Department gave her Taka 10,000 as loan for joining at the income generating activities.

“I tried to do any type of works to survive. But, that was not enough to maintain my three children. Under such a situation, I came to know about the government’s project-Ashrayan Prakalpa. I went to the Union Parishad and applied for a house,” said Rahena who is now at her 55.

“God blessed me . . . I got a house. Later, the Social Welfare Department gave me Taka 10,000 as credit,” said Rahena, who was the dweller of Moiurpur village under Chauddagram upazila in Cumilla district.

The credit facility programme gave her a new hope to lead better life with her children. As her elder son became 18 years old, she bought a rickshaw for him.

Rehana said that she also took training on animal husbandry, poultry, vegetable and fruit farming to lead better life.

Now, Rahena is leading a happy-life as her two sons are earning a handsome amount of money and she gave marriage her daughter.

Not only Rahena, Roshna, Hazera and many other women in Dharmapur Asrayan Prakalpa changed their life by joining in the income generating activities.

Talking to the agency, Secretary of the Dharmapur Asrayan Project Mohammad Abdul Kayum Patowary said 210 families have so far been rehabilitated under the ‘Asrayan Prakalpa’.

“Most members of the rehabilitated families have become self-reliance by participating in income generating activities and ensuring proper utilisation of micro-credit,” he added.

In 2004, he said, each family was given Taka 10,000 for participating in the income generating activities and they have already repaid all of their loans.

Director of the Ashrayan-2 Project Md Mahbub Hossain said the government has undertaken the scheme to give the homeless people a meaningful life through providing shelter and assistance as well as alleviating poverty through involving them in income-generating activities.

A total of 2,97,886 families have been rehabilitated under the project, launched in 1997, in three phases across the country, he said, adding that the first two phases of the scheme were successfully completed in 2010.