Not accepting failure as an option made Jahura a self-employed woman
Publish | 09 Sep 2021, 12:53
Jahura is a single mother with her teenage school-going daughter. Her path to self-employment was not based on a desire to build a business, rather it was borne out of necessity.
She was advancing towards uncertain future scenarios, but she struggled to redirect it towards a new way of doing things in order to achieve financial stability.
Jahura was only 12 years old when she was married off to a man who was three times older than her at Bagab village in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj.
She was passing a happy life with her husband and his family. But the happiness did not last long as her husband and his family started repressing her for dowry. Her husband and his family members went to the extent of beating Jahura physically.
In the end of that year, she gave birth to a baby girl. The new guest could not cement the bond between her and her husband. With the increased torture and humiliation, Jahura had to endure fear and hurdles, finally she decided to divorce her husband.
At the time of divorce her daughter was only three years old. She returned to her paternal home in 2006. But there also she didn’t find solace and hope to overcome her difficulties.
The family members informed Jahura that they would not be able to do anything that might help her to get over the crisis.
Amid ‘nowhere to go’ like situation Jahura made a vow with determination and courage to start her life afresh. She began her study as she knew that there was no alternative to education. But her family forced her to reunite with her husband.
Under such a circumstance she met with a local NGO worker. The worker suggested Jahura to undertake training on beauty parlour. Accordingly, she took training on makeup and started work at her home with only Taka 3,350.
Within a span of few days, she earned popularityin the locality as the number of clients has been increasing day by day.
Once, she decided to rent a room for her business and rented a room at Bagber Bazar. But her family members pressured her to go back to her husband. She did not comply with the family’s request.
Her denial was avenged by her family who even repressed her and gave her pressure to marry off Joyeeta (girl of Jahura). And finally, Jahura decided not to stay with her family. She rented another room beside her beauty parlour.
Jahuragot admitted to Mourapura Degree College in 2015 along with taking higher training on makeup. Presently, she earns Taka 30,000 to 40,000 every month. She was also an elected member of Bangladesh women chamber. Her daughter is going to school.
Jahura said, “I don’t want to recollect my past days. I feel scared. My husband and his family repressed me. Even, my own family repressed me. I thought my family would understand me. But they didn’t. I don’t want to look back. Now, my daughter is my all. I will try my best to get her educated to make her a worthy citizen.”
Without any business experience, Jahura credits much of her hard-earned success to her inability to accept failure as an option.