Anowara (26) is challenging traditional beliefs, empowering destitute women and educating the poor. After being left destitute, she embarked on a self-funded tailoring course. At the age of 24 she launched her business, Shawon Hosto Shilpo, producing fashion and handcrafted products for sale in Dhaka.

However, due to a lack of finance, her business could not grow. YBI member B’YEAH was willing to help: a $1,875 start-up loan and mentoring support has seen Shawon Hosto Shilpo(named after her son) blossom into a business employing 6 full-time and 160 part-time staff (during festive seasons like Eid, the number can more than double), and boasting an annual turnover of $18,000.

Anowara received a “Highly Commended” award in the YBI Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 category. Read Anowara’s full story here.

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