Sahera

Sahera

 

Sahrea is an amin, meaning a person who measures land, living in a district in Northern Bangladesh. She comes from a disadvantaged background but managed to complete her training with BRAC and get a government certification to set herself up as a land entrepreneur and sell her services to her community. Sahrea’s family believe that her leadership qualities were ‘in-built’.

When Sahrea started working she was criticised a lot. It wasn’t socially acceptable for her to be interacting with men as an entrepreneur and she was challenged by them frequently as she attempted to measure their plots of land. However after she had finished negotiating her position her recommendations about the land were documented.

In spite of these challenges Sahera remined unperturbed. It took some time but her familiarity gradually increased and more and more people began to rely on her and refer her. Soon as a symbol of acceptance everyone started calling her ‘Amin’ . In the last year she has provided services to 277 people and earned enough to pay her son and daughter’s school fees and the cost of her daughter’s wedding. She says “now I feel empowered as a woman working within my community. I am respected and face no obstacles in doing my work”.