Hunger Offering helps family overcome poverty in Bangladesh

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by Kalie Lowrie — March 24, 2014

BHALUKA UPAZILA, Bangladesh – Conditions were hard for Asma Khatun and her family of five, living in extreme poverty in a small village in Bangladesh. While her husband, Babul Dhaly, worked hard to provide, they did not own any land to plant crops and they were not able to earn enough income to provide three meals a day for their family.

AsmaBannerAsma was looking for a way to help her family out of poverty. She heard about a savings group program for women assisted by the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, and soon she began attending classes.

Not only did she learn about business and agriculture, but Asma was also provided with a micro-enterprise loan, which allowed her to buy seeds to grow vegetables and cultivate sugar cane. Soon, she repaid the loan and took her profits to use as capital for their increasing cultivation work. After taking out a second loan, Asma and her family purchased a plot of land to grow sugarcane. Today, their dreams of building a tin house and sending their children to school are within their reach.

This savings group program, coordinated by SHED Board Pakiechala Project, is one of numerous ministries around the world supported by the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. This year, in honor of moms just like Asma, churches are holding a special offering on Mother’s Day to support the offering.

By uniting the efforts of Texas Baptists, we can raise $1 million this Mother’s Day to end hunger one mom at a time. So this May 11th, let’s not simply pass the plate in church – let’s fill it. Please consider holding a special offering in your church on Mother’s Day for the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. Why? Because every mother’s child needs a meal.

For more information on the Mother’s Day Hunger Offering, click here.

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