"When my husband left me with two children, I fell into dire straits. We arrived at The Sreepur Village in 2020 and I feel much better here. Now, I dream of prosperous days ahead. Along with other livelihood training I’m focusing on tailoring because after three years, in 2023, when I leave the Sreepur Village I'm going to start a tailoring business where other mothers in my community will get the chance to work with me."
Khaleda, seen above, is a mother of two daughters and she comes from Narayangonj a central city in Bangladesh. Khaleda came to live in The Sreepur Village in the middle of 2019, she shared with us:
"My husband used to beat me often as he was demanding a dowry but my father couldn’t afford to pay. Eventually he left me so that he could marry someone else. At the Sreepur Village I dream of completing the tie-dye training successfully because after that I want to a start tie-dye business in my community and also teach tie-dye to other mothers in my community."
Khadiza, seen above, is a mother of one son and one daughter, she is from Shunamgonj in the Sylhet Division of north-eastern Bangladesh.
"I arrived at The Sreepur Village in August 2020. A few days into my marriage I noticed that my husband was taking drugs and drinking heavily and he was not contributing to our family. He only wanted to stay at home and drink alcohol and take drugs. I tried to convince him to stop and he told me he would, but he never did!. Eventually he started to develop a number of health issues and could no longer support us. Since arriving at the Sreepur Village my children and I have been spending quality time together. My children are going to school, we are getting food, clothes, everything. Under the livelihood training programme, I’m currently being trained in small shop business. My future plan is to start a small grocery shop in my community."
Thank you for supporting our mothers in providing them with the opportunities to fulfil their aspirations and ambitions.
As we celebrate the recent success of our Patron and British Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, we would also like to celebrate the aspirations and goals of other women who in the face of adversity have also never given up.
Shumi is a single mother of one daughter and two sons. Her husband is a driver but he is addicted to drugs. Due to excessive drug taking, his lifestyle is out of control. Shumi's husband would frequently beat her. In his eyes, his wife could not cook so in return she had to bear more punishment.