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Hasina

Hasina was born in Khebupara Village in approximately 1968 to a family of 11 children. Her father had two wives. Her father died when she was in fourth grade and she stopped going to school at that point. She got married when she was 25 years old and moved to Katakhali Village. Hasina does not have any children. She almost died from childbirth in 2007; she required a caesarian, which is not available in the village. The cooperative coordinator took her to the nearest hospital (several hours away on the mainland), and they were able to save Hasina but not her baby.

During cyclone SIDR and AILA, Hasina took shelter in the Health Center. She lost her house and sheep and goats to SIDR. Samhati built her a new home, which was deeded to her. She joined the cooperative and started taking literacy classes and learning farming. She had not learned to read at school but is now able to read. She is very happy that she can read and write. She has a huge garden and is growing rice, beans, sweet potato, bananas, sugarcane, and red spinach. She sells whatever they cannot eat. Hasina loves being part of the cooperative and eagerly comes every day to join the classes and enjoy the company of her friends.


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