Using advance technology cultivate extinction Nutritious Shingfish (H. Fossils) for Sick People & Children, manufactured by Women Farmer.

I'm contributing in agriculture by sharing a new method of cultivating catfish for root level women.

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  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Tahua Labib Tura

Initiative's representative date of birth

23 August, 1999

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Woman

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Bangladesh

Where are you making a difference?

Villages of Narsingdi District, Bangladesh

Website or social media url(s)

When was your organisation founded?

May 5, 1992

Focus areas

  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)
  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $1k - $10k

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

I am a village girl. I used to eating various kind of fish. Shing Fish (H. Fossils) is my favorite. But it's too much expensive and also not available all the time. One day, I asked my parents to bring some Shing fish. They said that they couldn't bear it. After this, i kept thinking and started researching on it. Krishi Gobeshona Foundation & Bangladesh Agriculture Research Center helped me a lot for implementing my project. Now, moreover 500 women farmer are cultivating shing fish using advance technology. I am very much happy that my idea and a small contribution changing their life.

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

In rural area of Bangladesh, most of the women are unemployed. That's why their opinion has no value. My initiative is for these women. They can cultivate shing fish in a small land with small capital. There is high demand of stinging shing fish in Bangladesh. But due to lack of skills and cash, the poor farmers are not able to produce the fish. For this case, by providing them training and funding support, the problem can be solved.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

By developing skills in advance technology of cultivating Shing fish through training and providing primary funding support the production of stinging shing fish can be increased highly which can meet the nutritional demand of people of the country.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

There are many small ponds and water bodies in maximum places in the country. We can include local women to produce stinging catfish on those ponds and water bodies which is still a unique and no one ever did before.

(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)


6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

By commercially increasing the production of stinging catfish, new employment opportunities can be created and unemployed people will get opportunity to earn.The farmers will be able to re-cultivate Shing fish by their previous income. Their income will increase. They will be able to increase their cultivation periodically and future economic conditions will be strong.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

Farmers, especially women, will benefit by cultivating large-scale catfish. They will become proficient through training. Profit/loss can be measured by calculating the cost of production and the sales revenue. Farmers will gradually increase their prevalence. For example, those who cultivate 1 bigha water reservoir in the first year will be able to cultivate 2 bigha next year from its dividend. Their improvement can be measured by comparing income and social values.

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

No one is cultivating shing fish the way I'm doing. Farmers only cultivate hybrid shing fish which is less nutritious. There's a huge demand of shing fish in every fish market of Bangladesh. But the production of shing fish is so low, that's why its price is high. If the Shing fish is cultivated and provided in the market more the traders will also get benefit. As the fish is not yet widely cultivated in Bangladesh, it is different from others. Besides, it is easy to cultivate Shing fish and also the production cost is low.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

The rural women will be included to the project. They will be able to exercise leadership. They will benefit economically by cultivating fish. Hopefully, for being economically strong, rural women of our society will be less deprived. Their opinion may be get importance to all.

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Once the cultivation of the catfish is started, other farmers will be involved in it. Farmers will cultivate the catfish in the fall waters of different areas of Bangladesh. For the purpose, the directly involved farmers will increase their cultivation. And very important thing that, it’s not hybrid. You can treat is same like local shing fish.

10. Team

1. Researcher- Part time 2. Program Coordination - Full Time 3. Field Officer- Full time 4. Peer Education - Part Time All the board members of the organizations are female. They will involve in this project indirectly.

Help Us Support Diversity! Are you a member of an under-served , under-represented, or marginalized group in your country of residence? (yes/no) (this question is optional – if you choose to fill it out, the response will not be shared with your fellow contestants)

  • Socioeconomic class

If you selected “yes” to any of the categories above, please explain how being a member of this group has impacted you and your work?

Because of being a lower class person, I do not have the ability to implement my initiative with many people. But I want to spread my work. At my age, my friends are only busy with their study. My parents both are sick. My mother has cancer and father had a major heart attack. So, I have to work for my family beside study. With all of this obstacles, still i think about those women, who are ever deprived in this society.

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact
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Our organization's registration certificate of NGO affairs bureau


Registration certificate of Women affairs.

CV- Tura.doc

Representative's CV

Project Details.docx

Here is the details of our project.


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