Bhagwantee Hustabir

Bhagwantee Hustabir


Date: March 31, 2016
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The first thing that I loved about the Gender Links training is the fact that I have been able to make friends. I was very reserved and could not share my feelings with others. Besides I learned a lot about different types of subjects such as the basics of finance, self respect and independency. I attended the course in 2013 without missing any session. These sessions simply made me happy and brought hope into my life. I still face a lot of challenges but I now possess an overall peace of mind. I changed my attitude and perspective towards life. I am no longer introvert and suffer much less from anxiety. I rather love to meet people, talk to them and get to know them. At my training sessions with Gender Links I noticed that some women present were able to express themselves very well. I was inspired and wished to be able to speak with the same confidence.

Everything I learned throughout the course helped me in one way or another. During my first training sessions I could not understand some questions I was asked. I did not speak or understand English at all. I asked people present to help me understand. I am still not very familiar with it but I have a broad notion of the language now. I can understand one or two words in a sentence, this enables me to guess what the speaker wants to convey. I think that I now am a generally more aware individual.

I used to work in factories. I had no vocational formation to do this kind of job I learned the job on the field itself. After years of working service I had to quit because of health problems. I then had to start relying on financial allocation for widows dispensed by the state’s social security service. It still is my primary source of income. I also plant several vegetables for my own consumption and as a hobby. I do not sell them yet but I will indeed be very happy to do it as soon as my personal circumstances allow me to. I live together with my son who is an adult but not married yet. He is employed and does contribute to the household expenses. He has respect and consideration for his mother and is supportive in every situation. I have a married daughter and two grandchildren. My daughter has serious health problems and is currently doing regular sessions of dialysis treatment. Consequently she is not apt to take care of her family and do the regular house chores.  Very often I have to leave my own activities and home to take care of her and her family. I cannot think of setting up an entrepreneurship project for the time being.