Raising two young daughters in the Jashore region of Bangladesh quickly strained household resources for Anima Biswas and her husband. In 2015, to earn extra income and provide fresh vegetables for her family, Anima began cultivating a small plot of land near her house. Her hard work supplemented income from her husband’s small business and supported the education of her daughters.
That foray into farming sparked something else in Anima: a desire to grow a business of her own and achieve independence in her finances.
“Every time I dig the soil and plant seeds on my farm, it’s because I am determined to create a better life for my daughters,” Anima says. “Day by day, I work hard not only to grow crops but also to create opportunities for them. I want to give them a life full of possibilities.”
With support from the Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership, she is transforming her business into new areas of agriculture. Last year, the 38-year-old expanded her business to include a nursery service where she supplies seedlings to other farmers.