"I have no property. Losing my four sons in a tragic road accident, I never felt helpless. My relatives and neighbors always suggest me for begging as I am too old. But I never do this. I think Allah has given me physical strength to work. That's why, I choose this profession and until my death, I will continue this."
These words are from the mouth of Nur Banu, 82, who sells water and others household products in city's Chandrima Udyan. Hailing from Kushtia district, Nur Banu lives in Gabtoli Bus Stand area with some people from her district. The octogenarian woman said she lost her four sons -- Bablu, Lablu, Monirul and Khairul -- at a road accident while they were returning together from capital Dhaka after searching job 14 years ago.
Nur Banu had to sell her a piece of land to marry off her two daughters. As her daughters are poor and also unable to look after Nur Banu, since then she has been living in the capital for livelihood.
Her well-wishers told her to beg on the streets as she is unable to any work. But the dignified woman always ignored their suggestion and made herself as an example of self-reliant person.
Now Nur Banu is happy with her life. She thinks she is right in her own decision. "Once I thought who will recruit me as a worker as I'm a old woman. My idea was right. I went to a house owner for work as a housemaid. But he refused me saying I'm unable to do such work. It will be inhuman."
The owner was very kind-hearted and gave me Tk 500, telling me to start any kind of street business. I accepted the money and suggestion and chose this business. But later I repaid the money of the owner with thanks. It was 13 years before. Today I feel proud as I earn at the last stage of my life."
Nur Banu said she earns Tk 150-Tk 250 a day on average. She deposit her all earning to a relative of her at Gabtoli. After maintaining all expenses, she sends rest of the money to her two daughters in village home.
"I send some money every month to my daughters. I tell them to spend the money for my grandchildren. My elder son Bablu would have the father of my grandson had he been alive," she weeps.-BSS.
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