This has been a long time coming! I arrived from Bangladesh, rearing to jot down a little something, about my first experience of the country but as it is occasionally the mind was willing but the hands just was not!!
Anyway to the point, I enjoyed my consultanacy experience in Bangladesh. It was an opportunity to see for one’s self. So many misconceptions abound these days, that for me there is always nothing like making your own judgement, from personal engagement.
The first thing that struck me was the resourcefulness of people as a whole. Everywhere I went I saw men and women alike, working in the most innovative of ways to earn a living. My travel North from Dhaka was an eye opener, micro enterprises everywhere, often very basic by Western standards but nonetheless, evident of a resourceful people.
I was really pleased to have been able to support a woman run social enterprise, set – up to help empower women. The business recycles saris and makes hand- made soap, for the local and international market. I was glad to be able to contribute a little towards their goal, to grow the business from the current 45 employees to 200.
I met with an American lady resident in Dhaka working to up -skill, through developing leadership skills. A pleasant discussion, in the course of business, which concluded with a promise to put me in touch with a woman support organization, through which I can channel the funds, generously donated by some Truly Me women and a gentleman. Many thanks, will keep you up to date when this is concluded. The good thing with this is that I can hopefully build a lasting partnership of support.
On the down side, the infrastructure problems of the country put a bit of a dampener on things, particularly transport and levels of public hygiene. Streets are dirty in UK but really bad in Bangladesh. I also had some money and items of clothing stolen (not unique to Bangladesh) I’ve had my wallet lifted here in UK!! Also caught a minor stomach bug!
Overall a pleasant experience, my first rickshaw ride and generally curious but welcoming people. Funmi Ade
The next event is 25th September remember to be there, if in London.