Shahida Begum, 35, meets her Hub Manager, Akhterruzzaman, in the compound of her hut in Palashbari Villlage, after a regular day of work as a saleswoman. She earns between 3500 - 5000 Bangladeshi Taka (GBP 30 - 42) per month. She is one of many rural Bangladeshi women trained by NGO CARE Bangladesh as part of their project on empowering women in this traditionally patriarchal society. Named 'Aparajitas', which means 'women who never accept defeat', these women are trained to sell products in their villages and others around them from door-to-door, bringing global products from brands such as BATA, Unilever and GDFL to the most remote of villages, and bringing social and financial empowerment to themselves.
(L-R) Shakil Alom (7, son), Mohd. Abu Taleb (41, husband), Mahfuza Akhter (5, daughter), Shahida Begum (35), Akhterruzzaman (38, Hub Manager).