Nila is a thirty-five year old resident of Hatikhana Outhouse Camp. She has a six year old daughter named Sadia. Nila with her family lives in a thatched house and draws water from a tubewell. The family uses their own bathroom and have access to drainage facilities.
In March of 2008, Nila enrolled in the microfinance project and took her first loan of $82 for designing Sarees (A saree is a six meter long fabric wrapped tightly over a blouuse and long skirt and worn by the women in Bangladesh. In May 2008, she got her 2nd loan of $136 to start making and selling incense sticks.
Nila attended group meetings regularly and actively participated in the group discussions. Many of the issues raised in the discussions were relevant to her business. The knowledge she acquired regarding promoting her business helped her greatly and encouraged her to expand her business. Her confidence improved and led her to making better decisions. Now, her quality of life has improved tremendously; she is making small but steady profits to support her family.