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Neimra Marma, a successful woman entrepreneur of Khagrachhari

DHAKA, March 23, 2018 (BSS) - Bangladesh is marching forward at faster pace and males and females have equal contributions to this success. There was a time when the businesspeople were meant as males. Now the scenario has changed as women are contributing to business at equal pace of the men. Even the women are doing well than the men in many fields.

But the path of progress for the women was not smooth at all. The social system of the hill tracts region than other regions is naturally different to some extent. However the society in hill area is moving forward at equal pace thanks to the balanced development policy of the government.

There was a time when the hill region was meant as the "jum" cultivation. But now trade and business have been expanded there. The females of the region are doing business alongside the males and they are being established as entrepreneurs.

Neimra Marma is such a woman who established herself as a successful woman entrepreneur through her vigour and sincerity. The 24-year-old woman from Marma community has become bright example and enlightened name in the hill region.

After crossing all barriers, Neimra wanted to touch her dream and she did it. So she has given name of her restaurant to "Swapnachura".

In this society, it's not easy for a woman to run restaurant business. In every step, she has to face adversity. And ignoring all adversities, Neimra is moving ahead with firm step. Those, who once criticised her, now are praising her success.

Neimra, a degree second year student of Bangladesh Open University, set up her restaurant in an area adjacent to Khagrachhari Government Girls College. She embarked on her restaurant business in a small room having only one table and six chairs. Her initial capital was only Taka 10, 000 and later she borrowed Tk 15,000 from others.

This reporter visited Neimra's restaurant in Khagrachhari town and talked to her. She said at the beginning, she sold food after cooking in the house. "I had to sometimes throw away the foods as those remained unsold ... but I didn't give up my hope," she said.

Neimra said she is the youngest among her seven brothers and sisters. "Though my brothers and sisters are doing better job, I wanted to be an entrepreneur ... I also intended to create a job opportunity for at least one of the society alongside me," she said.

She said there are four employees in her restaurant and three of them are college students. At the beginning, some handmade breakfast, tea, coffee and juice were sold. But now lunch and dinner foods are available in the restaurant alongside various types of breakfast.

Besides, different kinds of showpieces made by Neimra are also sold in Swapnachura.

Neimra said the size of her restaurant has been expanded within two years as it has now four rooms. "We're now making good profit after paying salary to the employees and rent of the restaurant," she said.

Baby Marma, 18, an employee of the restaurant, said she now earns Tk 4,000 in every month by doing job in the restaurant. "Side by side with living and food facilities in the restaurant, I also get a scope for attending my college," she added.

Jobeda Khanam, a regular customer, said they can eat in the restaurant in home environment. Besides, the prices of food are comparatively cheap. All of those who come to college from outside appreciate the quality of foods.

Though there was nobody beside Neimra at the start, many people have now stood beside her. Swapnachura has brought Neimra to the touch of dream and Neimra is spreading that dream among many women.