“What should I say about my life, you tell me! (Smiles softly). I was born and raised in Dhaka. In my family, I have my father, two younger brothers and two sisters. My mother left us a long time ago. I have always felt the absence of her love and affection in my life. I am the eldest among my siblings. I got married last year. My husband works as a bus driver in Mirpur, Dhaka. I studied in school only up to class five. My father is a cook. Due to financial crisis and various other family issues, I could not continue studying for long. My mother was very sick. Thus, I had to take up all the household responsibilities. How could I have managed the time to go to school, you tell me?
My mother passed away while I was still quite young. I won’t say that I have grown up a lot now, but it has been a while since my mother has passed away. But still, I still miss her. My husband and his family now makes up for a lot of the things that has been missing from my life. We have had a healthy relationship for about seven years before getting married. I have been working in a garment factory for about 3 – 4 years now. I work in the print section. I earn approximately eight to nine thousand taka every month. I am free to spend this money however I want. My husband is very supportive of my decisions in this regard. I give some of the money to my younger brothers and sisters and spend the rest on our family. Oh, and yes, I’m saving up a bit for the future too! I want only one thing: to live peacefully with my family. Don’t we all want just that? I have a small dream. If I ever have a child, I hope I can give him/her a better life. I look forward to having a stable and peaceful life ahead with my family.”
– An employee at a small garment factory.