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Breaking Down Barriers with Briquettes

Shapna Mondal, popularly known as Guti Boudi (Guti sister-in-law) among her neighbors, is a female briquetting machine owner in Southern Bangladesh. Shapna, 35, is married to Tapan Mondal, an agro-input retailer who sells crop seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides in his shop. After their marriage, Shapna started to help her husband in his business, which was not running smoothly at the…

Fertilizer Empowers Women Farmers in Bangladesh

Women farmers are important members of Bangladeshi communities. Through training and business opportunities, IFDC empowers them to take charge of their production, and their success. One such farmer, Monika Mondol, is taking steps to ensure her family’s food security while finding her voice in her community. The following is her story: My name is Monika Rani Mondol, and I grew…

Ashrafi Ali Seizes the Day

On a sunny day in the Jhapaghat village of the Kaloroa upazila, 42-year-old businessman Ashraf Ali is making Guti urea. He hoists a bucket up over his shoulders and pours its contents into a large metal hopper atop his newly purchased briquetting machine. Prilled urea spills into the machine, and the machine’s rollers instantly compress the fine urea into a…

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