Life After Covid-19 – Digital Literacy For Mothers Case Study
“When I was in my community, I used to wait in a long queue to pay my electricity bill”, said Shanta, a mother of two children who hails from the northern part of Bangladesh. She also added, “Another big risk was keeping cash at home”.
Shanta and her two daughters came to live in the Sreepur Village in early 2020. Sadly, Shanta lost her husband after the birth of her second child and after he passed away, Shanta and her children became helpless.
After arriving at the Sreepur Village, Shanta has been busy participating in their literacy programme where she is learning basic literacy as well as digital literacy.
In the digital literacy class, Shanta has been learning about digital devices, using the internet, mobile banking, as well as online ticket booking for buses and trains etc.
“I now know how to use a smartphone and I can even browse the internet”. Shanta said with excitement. “I can also manage my finances through mobile banking”, she happily added.
Shanta told us, “when I return to my community, I won’t need to go to the bank for paying electricity bills, I can pay any bill through Bkash and along with these facilities, I’ll be able to make
money transactions by mobile phone”.
Shanta concluded by saying that she couldn’t wait to share with her friends and relatives how the Sreepur Village has empowered her with new skills which now includes digital skills that everyone around the world is using.
The Sreepur Village would like today’s technology to be tomorrow’s opportunity for more destitute single mothers living all over Bangladesh.
Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.