- She was illiterate and hated dealing with numbers
- She was also afraid because no woman had ever run shop in her village
- But she had this powerful dream of starting her own business
- Then she dared to try it. See what happened next
Parvin Khatun, 30, comes from a village where women were once confined in the kitchen. The mere thought of a woman starting her own enterprise was so terrifying most of them never dared to try. But she dared to try.
Khatun became the first woman to ever open a shop in her whole village, paving way for several other women who dreamed of doing the same but were held back by fear.
“I was very scared and nervous. No woman before me ever owned a shop. I also asked myself how an illiterate woman who didn’t know how to count could run a shop. It took me months to take the first step,” says Khatun.
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She also thought that people were going to mock her if she opened a shop. But her son, called Sakil, encouraged her to go ahead.
“He told me he was ready to help with the counting. So I gathered courage and opened the shop to see what will happen,” says Khatun
She called it ‘Sakil Store’.
Initially, nobody showed up. People only stared at the shop from a distance. This, Khatum says, made her very nervous, thinking that she had done something wrong. She told Sakil to close the shop, but he refused and stayed put.
“He was braver than me,” says Khatum.
Then something unexpected happened. Just when Khatum was beginning to lose hope, curious customers, mostly women, started flocking to the newly opened store.
“All the women from my area came to buy stuff. It got to appoint where I was even overwhelmed and gave back change in excess,” says Khatun.
She was officially the first woman to ever start a business in her village. Those who initially thought it was impossible soon started to copy her.
Today, there are more women doing business in the area, thanks to Khatun’s audacity and determination.
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