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Posted by: Every Mother Counts   |   4/20/2011   |  

Asiya - Rennaisance Woman - Bangladesh

 
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You've probably heard the term "jack-of-all-trades," but I met so many multi-tasking, multi-talented women while I was in Bangladesh that I think we ought to start saying "jill-of-all-trades" instead.
Asiya is definitely a jill-of-all-trades. Ten years ago, she reached out to the women in her community and formed a BRAC village organization. Since then, she's used her loan money to raise cows and sells the milk to BRAC Dairy, where it is processed and sold on the market.
Think raising cows is hard work? Asiya is also a BRAC Community Health Promoter. She visits nearly 200 households in her community every month providing vital health information and selling health-related products at a low cost, generating extra income for herself.
Asiya has also raised five children, all of whom are grown up and married and have children of there own, and cares for her sick husband. She's pictured here with her cow, Shikari, which means "hunter" in Bengali.