Three years ago, Mahadi Hasan set up a shop as an electrician but struggled to attract customers. Thanks to support from Voluntary Service Overseas, Hasan has been able to take part in four weeks of electrician training and now runs a successful business.
When he started, Hasan found that customers offered very little money as payment because they didn't trust his work. Customers would say it was because he wasn’t a certified electrician.
It was very difficult for Hasan, as a father and husband, to provide for his family. He was forced to ask his parents for money to survive.
Fortunately, Hasan heard about a youth club in his village run by local NGO, MJSKS, who put him forward to take part in four weeks of training in electrical house wiring. The training was run by the Technical Training Centre in Rangpur, which is supported by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
As a certified electrician, Hasan proudly displays his certificate and photos of his training in his shop. Hasan sells parts and does common electrical maintenance like repairing fans, electric motors, rice cookers, irons, rechargeable equipment and other electronic goods.
By improving the quality of his stock and customer service, Hasan is gradually building up his business and now earns around Tk30-40 thousand a month. Presently the president of a youth club, Hasan is a role model for his local community and hopes to employ 10 youths in his business.
“One of our initiatives is to support children from low-earning families in the village to continue their education. I believe education is very important for our future and should be a basic right for everyone,” Hasan said.