Meet Madhobi who is using her small business resources to help others fight cancer
Madhobi received cooperation from the local government and government hospitals whenever she went to work to raise awareness for breast, uterine and cervical cancers, she said.
“I went to remote areas and worked with people from marginal groups. It is really difficult to work in islands like Swandip, Hati, Charfesson, Urir Char, Nijhum Dwip and Char Kukri Mukri. I always informed the local administration and influential people before going there. They received me positively seeing that I was helping patients obtain government medical services or bearing the cost of their treatment myself. »
Madhobi has visited 51 districts since 2017 and has never encountered any major obstacles in spreading his awareness campaign.
“I go to the deputy commissioner or the health director of a district and ask for their approval. Once they approve, I launch my awareness campaign in schools, colleges and garment factories,” she said.
“Nobody talks about this problem in our country, whereas I, although I am a woman, cycle from Netrokona to Panchagarh, rain or shine. So they’re happy to have me.
Usually, Madhobi brings five to 15 patients at a time to higher authorities at a local hospital. Then treatment begins for non-cancer and cancer patients after the necessary medical tests.
Patients who need simple medical treatment receive it from the hospital and go home, but they remain under screening. Those who need better treatment are taken to the divisional hospital or to Dhaka.
For Madhobi, the struggle women face around the world, including in Bangladesh, started early. Born in Mohonganj Upazila of Netrokona, she obtained her senior secondary school certificate in 2013 from Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam College and then came to Dhaka. It was then that she started her struggle to survive financially and started the Nakshi Kantha business after some time.
She worked in different organizations and also as a private tutor from 2014 to 2016. But that was not enough to support her family.
“I am an independent person and I like to travel. I started traveling around the country and collecting Nakshi Kantha as a wholesaler. Then I sold them in Dhaka. When the number of customers started to increase, I thought about expanding my business.
Today, his company Madhobi Mart sells Nakshi Kantha made by 3,000 Sarishabari workers in Jamalpur and also exports them abroad.