Repairing air conditioner are usually considered man’s job in our country, but Fatema Akter Shathi (24) is an exception, currently Fatema is managing an AC adjusting and repairing organization by her own successfully. Fatema said I used to work in a private organization alongside my study and there I worked with some men who worked for repairing AC. I had learned ac repairing work and dominate all the subject related repairing. Then I left my job. In 2016, I have started a business of repairing and installing AC along with a partner, with the capital of three lac taka. My parents didn’t support my work and wanted me to get married. Our business was going well, but after a few months dissatisfaction with the business partner began. Later in 2018, I have left my partner and started my own business with my brother. My good fortune is that I got to know about B’YEAH and they gave me the opportunity of being trained. I got back self-confidence after meeting more young people like me, here. I suffered a lot for not having any agreement papers, business papers in my previous joint business. Now I know the importance of valid paperwork in the business transactions. I have learned how to deal with customers, account and stuff management. Now my business is going quite well. Now four employees are working for repairing and installing AC. By giving better service, sometimes I get a lot of praise and wages on time which motivates me more to be an entrepreneur. At the starting of this business, I used to face a lot of hostile comments. They had no idea about this kind of business can run by women. Everyone thought that it was possible only by men. Despite so many obstacles, I have moved forward and my mentor Gulshan Apa helped me a lot, still, she is there for me. I think we all women have the ability to do all kinds of business, we just need courage and an organization like B'YEAH to help with. Fatema has the dream that her company will be a reputable AC repairing and installing organization in this country.
An artist explores and enhances the paradox of nature in various forms of art. Da Ching Ching (34) is one of the artist entrepreneurs. Ching Ching came down from the hillside to cherish her dream after completing studies. After moving around in different places she was surrounded by obstruction, once she left her expectation and looking for a new way to survive. Da Ching Ching’s was enthusiastic towards art since childhood. Whenever she got a chance she started to draw by using paper and pencil. The advertisement of the paintings at the back of the vehicles and rickshaw everywhere used to give her interest. Finally, her childhood’s advertisements chose her job as an artist. She started to draw the paintings behind of rickshaw. After a while, she got well fame for her work. She decided this art needed to be institutionalized. She started a new venture with the proprietorship of ‘FInery’ her own organization. She just started her journey along ‘Finery’ only with thirty thousand taka and fifteen workers. The asset became two lakhs taka. After that, there’s no stop in painting. This organization draws and paints rickshaw canvas on different kinds of bottles, ornaments, and mobile cover. This organization also paints different walls and woods. Da Ching Ching says that the honor of this art is not over yet, the people live inside of walls of wood and brick in town always search the glance of nature. Finery gained so much fame after participating in the different fairs of paintings. A daily newspaper also published about Finary. Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice & Help Centre (B’YEAH) had played a great role to meet the insufficiency of ‘Finery’. They help her with business planning and provided advises for successful business improvements. She said, I am forever grateful to BYEAH for being with me on this journey. I want to also thank a mentor for being such a nice business advisor. I am an artist, entrepreneur. I want to live in art. I have only one aim, to make Finery a repute organization by paint.
Ripa Akhter (34) has opened her own online business page Rimu Handicrafts first time in her life. She said, "I can't believe a village girl like me can open a business page online. I can do, I have to go much farther.' Grew up in a poor family in Sirajdikhan sub-district. She got married at age 22 and drop out from school. Unfortunately she got divorced in 2012 and returned to her father's house with her 2-year-old daughter. Later Ripa bought two sewing machines with the saved money and hired a part time worker and sewing clothes. Besides, she took part in handicraft training and learned to make various showpieces and garlands. Ripa started making variety of products with the underprivileged girls in the village. She sold those products in different stores in the district. Ripa’s handicrafts, jewelry, home decor materials are becoming known in the area. Usually customers bought products from her home and sometimes she delivered to the customer’s home as well. Gradually the reputation of her product continues to grow. Everything was going well, but the Cove-19 tumble-down, From March 2020, suddenly everything stopped and she couldn’t do any commute to anyone for business purpose and she had no idea how to do business online even though she had a smart phone However, Nipa came to the outreach workshop of the B'Yeah under Accelerating Youth-led Project in early February 2020 and get registered as a project participant. Then with the advice of the Programme Officer from B'Yeah in June 2020, Ripa took part in an 8-days long Advanced Digital skills training through online using her smart phone for the first time. She says, at first, I was scared, I didn't know how to open the zoom, I didn't know how to listen, and I didn't even know how to talk. Sajal Da, B’Yeah's program officer, explained to me everything. At the end of the training, I have entered to a new life. A girl from a less educated village like me has learned how to do business online, I have now opened an online Facebook page in name of my business. I am now selling my products from my page. I have a lot more to learn, but my fears are gone. I thank B’Yeah for that. B’Yeah helped to became confidence. After training, I have participated in several other online webinar activities. Ripa want some training om online communication, digital marketing to grow her business. Ripa’s handicrafts, jewelry, home decor materials are becoming known in the area again because she turned her business into online.
Momin Dewan (23) has turned around, his employees joined the factory again, and he has become more focused on online sales now. Even two months ago, Momin did not know that he would be able to move forward by tackling COVID-19 so soon. Although belonged to a lower middle class family, Momin never stopped dreaming big, instead of living a mediocre life and working under others, he always wanted to start his own business. The enthusiasm towards entrepreneurship brought Momin to Dhaka and after conducting some research and training, he got involved in leather industry with only 25,000 taka (£2500) investment in 2016 alongside with his undergraduate studies. Momin made significant improvements to his business plan after getting relevant training from B’YEAH in early 2018 and able to employ 7 workers in his factory by 2020. But unfortunately due to sudden covid-19 pandemic situation, nationwide economy went static and so as Momin’s business. It was uncertain to get things back to normal. However, Momin didn’t give up. Once again he contacted with B’Yeah and be advised and decided to use his neglected commercial Facebook page as a business tool. To keep that in mind, he took part in training session from B’Yeah on digital Marketing & Social Media marketing with the support of YBI and of Google.org In early June 2020. The training was the light of hope for him, he changed his business plan and prioritized in online marketing, linkage marketing and then focused on off line selling to corporates (B2B). He is now very confident and active to promote his business in social media platform as there is no alternation to adapt in the COVID-19 situation other than online platform. Based on his experience on COVID-19, Momin said, my advice would be to other entrepreneur, whatever resources (product/services) that you have, post it to your Facebook page. And make sure your business page is attractive, updated and active. In that case you need to receive online training and take a part different online session for better understanding of online approach. Not only for any festive season you may earn through this and keeps the wheel moving through online.
Umme Sayla Rumki, (27), grew up in a middle-class family, is a Physiotherapist, successful entrepreneur and author. Countless people getting benefited from her physiotherapy centers in Uttara and Mirpur. From the age of adolescent, she was willing to do anything under her supervision, to stand on her own feet. She completed Masters in Physiotherapy under Dhaka University in 2008, did not get a job despite having the opportunity. Later she started her physiotherapy center at 500 square feet in Mohammadpur in 2009. Within a few days, her physiotherapy center earned a reputation in that area. But suddenly on a month's notice, the landowner told her to close the center. Since there was no written agreement, Rumki relocated his company to Uttara in 2009. She started to face financial problems in new areas. The high cost of renting a house with a new area. But she didn't slow down. Rather, the difficulty has made her more stubborn in her desire to pursue goals. Rumki said one day a man named Mr. Main Uddin came to his center as a patient. She tells her about B'YEAH. Later, one day, she communicates with B'YEAH. Then she took two types of training, created a business plan and connected with a mentor. Rumki says BYEAH has changed the course of my life. I have been able to move forward in establishing my initiative. After joining B'YEAH, Rumki took out a loan from MIDAS in 2017 and started his new center in Uttara. Shortly thereafter, another physiotherapy center was established in Mirpur in 2018. At present, there are 16 employees in her establishment. Rumki is grateful to the mentor Tanya Wahab. Because of her mentor Tania Wahhab, she was privileged to attend various seminars and workshops in the United States as a 2-week young entrepreneur. She is still mentoring her as a mentor. A book about physiotherapy has been published in the book fair of 2018. Recently, Rumki has completed the launch of a new app called 'Happy Pregnancy'. Umma Shayla Rumki dreams One day she will establish a full-fledged physiotherapy hospital. Seeing her, numerous young people go without finding jobs and become a job creator.