‘My Home, My Farm’ project transforms ultra-poor people’s lives in Bagerhat


Md. Kamruzzaman Khan Picklu, Chitalmari, Bagerhat:

‘Amar Bari, Amar Khamar’ reads ‘My Home, My Farm’ project has changed many lives of ultra-poor families and dragged them out of the chain of poverty cycle and brought a new of solvent life in Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat.

Unemployed youth, housewives including poor farmers of the upazila achieved tremendous success by taking loans from the project which has changed many lives across the country.

Under the project, many helpless men and women have become known as successful entrepreneurs by taking loans on easy terms in various projects including poultry, cow-goat, fish farming. Besides, they have made themselves self-sufficient by alleviating the poverty of the family. This has greatly reduced the number of unemployed in the area.

According to the Chitalmari Upazila Office sources, the government has been organizing the rural people through ‘Amar Bari, Amar Khamar’ project.

On the other hand, by encouraging savings, the members are helping to become self-reliant by creating self-employment through job-oriented training through youth development.

A total of 230 village development societies have been formed in this upazila so far and the number of its members raised to 9,742 people. Meanwhile, the funds of these associations have stood to over Tk 13 crore.

A woman of Kalshira village in Sadar union of Chitalmari upazila Kabita Mondal said, “I’ve been from My House, My Farm. You don’t have to pay any bribe to get a loan from here. We started a poultry farm with easy loan on two terms. As a result, now there is no poverty in our family.”

“We have driven away the extreme poverty from our lives, ” she added.

Like Kabita, there are many poor people of the upazila who have been self-sufficient driving away their poverty through this project. They have built up their fate anew.

The area is inhabited by extremely poor people. People here used to get poorer by taking loans from various NGOs. From here, many have become self-sufficient with easy loans.

Chairman of Chitalmari Sadar Union Md. Nizam Uddin Sheikh told that many people of his union have succeeded in setting up poultry, cattle, goat and agriculture fish farms by taking easy loans from ‘Amar Bari, Amar Khamar’ project.

Md. Obaidur Rahman, Manager, Chitalmari Branch, Amar Bari Amar Khamar and Palli Sanchay Bank, said “The government is playing an important role in making the poor people of Chitalmari self-reliant by raising funds and building farms under this project with the goal of poverty alleviation and sustainable development.”

Chitalmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer(UNO) Md. Maruful Alam said, “Amar Bari, Amar Khamar’ project is a priority program of the Prime Minister in alleviating poverty. This program is being implemented smoothly in Chitalmari. This project is playing a huge role in poverty alleviation.