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Transforming Lives

Abdul Majid, second from left, is recognized for his commitment to educating his three daughters.

May 2014—Most poor families in Bangladesh who marry off their daughters before they turn 18—the legal age of marriage for girls—say that poverty forces them to make the choice. The result, for most girls who marry early, is more poverty, higher rates of maternal and infant mortality, and increased susceptibility to violence and disease.

Tarango Rani crafting bamboo baskets with her husband
For families living in Bangladesh, putting enough food on the table can be a daily struggle. Natural disasters, poor health and hygiene services, and high unemployment are just some of the issues facing the 37 million Bangladeshis considered to be food insecure.
 
Photo of husband and wife building fish pond for fish farming

Several factors heighten food insecurity in Bangladesh, among them natural disasters, poor health and hygiene services, and chronic deprivation of the socially vulnerable.  According to government figures, around 40 percent of the population is food insecure, meaning that 65 million people consume less than the minimum daily recommended amount o

Photo of beneficiary and her chicken coop started with funds saved

Shahida, who does not use a last name, has always been strong and optimistic, even when times have been tough; and times have often been tough.

Bangladeshi farmer Nazrul Islam Khan, with his grandson on his lap, made a profit on his crops after using a melon fly trap that

Like many farmers in Bangladesh, Nazrul Islam Khan, from the western district of Jessore, grows cucurbits, plants from the gourd family that include cucumbers and melons.

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Last updated: December 15, 2014

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