More than 60 million people live on less than $1.25 per day in . Monjuara used to be one of them. She struggled to put food on the table. With support from USAID's Food for Peace initiative, women like Monjuara are taking steps to improve their lives and end poverty.
As a community leader, Monjuara helps to monitor pregnant women in her village. She ensures they take iron tablets and go for regular checkups at the the community clinic.
Disasters including cyclones, floods, mud slides, tornados, river erosion and drought frequently affect Bangladesh. Since independence in 1971, more than 40 catastrophic flood disasters have hit Bangladesh, an average of one such disaster per year. Monjuara is now a member of the standing committee on sanitation, water supply, and sewage for her local government. She represents her community and ensures their needs are met in addition to advising them when there is a flood.
"My three children are my wealth. There's nothing else I need not to be rich. Since my oldest son was in my womb, I have dreamt that I would provide him a medical education to become a doctor. This is my dream. This is my target. ”