- Rakiba Akter started off as a maths tutor
- She used to work long hours, walk long distances and eat very little
- 20 years later, she has sent her children through school and owns her own business
A 20-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh has shared an inspiring story of how she transformed from a struggling mom to a successful business owner.
Rakiba Akter shared her story with photojournalist GMB Akash, who then shared it on his Facebook page.
She said she moved to Dhaka 20 years ago in search of a better life. She worked long hours as a maths tutor and walked long distances.
In addition, she wasn't making enough money to spend much on herself, including food during the day. Instead, she made sure her three children had enough to eat and went to school.
She said: "I always told my children about my struggles and how hard I had to work to earn to continue their education. They always gave me hope that they will do their best to fulfill my dream."
Akter said she saved enough to start her own pharmacy about four years ago. Her daughter is now a doctor, her elder son a mechanical engineer while her younger son is at university.
She concluded: "If every woman started working, there would be no poverty. Women can change the entire society as well as their own lives."
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