Ismat Jahan joined a neighboring center and took out her first loan of Tk. 10,000 to plant long beans (sheem) in 2014. By 2018 Ismat Jahan had successfully repaid her first three loans and took out a fourth loan of Tk. 150,000 to raise milk cows.
Jahanara was bed-ridden with fever, in excruciating pain. After seeing a gynaecologist, Jahanara was diagnosed with a severe uterine infection and was advised to undergo immediate surgery to avoid the risk of cancer.
She had heard of Shakti Foundation’s microfinance program from her neighbors and approached them for a loan. Shakti Foundation granted her a Tk50, 000 loan. She used the money from the loan to buy all the required equipment and machinery to make bulbs.
After completing the training, she then took out a loan of Tk. 50,000 from Shakti Foundation to buy a laptop and commence her computer training class. She now trains the students at her coaching centre in computers.