Success Stories

Shabdi D'Costa is well known in her neighbourhood for her work in helping women emerge from poverty. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.
The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum

Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s meager Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she took a principled decision that she would find a way out of poverty by taking charge of the family finances.more 

Shyamola Begum is representative of a broader Bangladeshi reality, where economic empowerment has often led to a greater voice for women in the family and the public sphere. Photo: Kawser Ahmed / UNDP Bangladesh
Women take the lead in fighting poverty

Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one room shanty in the capital one morning and never came back, she explains. more 

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