With the assistance of BASTOB, the kitchen-tool maker Mohammad Jahidul Islam, of Atibazar village-market, Keraniganj, crossed the high way of struggle and stepped in the International Trade Fair Dhaka 2017. We call it serendipity because although we (BASTOB) partnered with Jahid for three years only, his patience and persistence made him a champion. People including many BASTOB-members were astonished and widened their eyes seeing Jahid in his own shop in the Trade Fair.

It was incredible even to the BASTOB-staff when Jahid explained his plan to display his tools in the Trade Fair but finally it became true. We are proud of Jahid because of his belief in self-development. From a tiny thatched shed in a village market Jahid built a small household tools industry at Atibazar (Keraniganj, Dhaka), where 32 persons are working in the factory. On the other hand 24 persons are engaged for marketing and sales promotion all over the country. Jahid’s dream, proper use of fund and management skills brought him this outstanding success through a loan of Taka five hundred thousand only.

BASTOB analysis shows that Jahid was able to adapt SMART (S-specific; M-measurable; A-achievable; R-relevant; T-time bound) goal which he learnt from BASTOB trainings. It would not be too much to say that Jahid’s success stands for BASTOB’s vision.