Shakti Foundation is a non-government organization committed to the economic and social empowerment of disadvantaged women across Bangladesh. It believes in realizing the potential of women to become strong, independent members of their communities. Shakti began its mission with urban microfinance programs and strategically expanded its service network to reach remote rural areas. Over the years, it has widened its range of development services to include basic health care and education, agro-business growth, solar power, skills training and advocacy. Shakti was founded in April 1992 and now serves 520,834 poor households within 53 districts of Bangladesh.
Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women is dedicated to the empowerment of poor women by creating strong economic and social resource bases.
Shakti Foundation is committed to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through targeted economic and social inclusion. With an integrative approach to women’s socio-economic development, Shakti’s programs are specifically designed to complement each other. The microfinance and agricultural programs provide women with opportunities for income generating activities and enterprise development, and the social programs focus on women’s health, women’s rights, financial literacy and control over their businesses. Supplementary initiatives, including skills development and digital banking, are also in place to achieve Shakti’s social objectives.
Bank Asia and Shakti Foundation recently signed an agreement aiming to promote digital financial inclusion among Shakti’s beneficiaries.Learn more
Jahanara was bed-ridden with fever, in excruciating pain. After seeing a gynaecologist, Jahanara was diagnosed with a severe uterine infection and was advised to undergo immediate surgery to avoid the risk of cancer.
Ismat Jahan joined a neighboring center and took out her first loan of Tk. 10,000 in 2014. By 2018 Ismat Jahan had successfully repaid her first three loans and took out a fourth loan of Tk. 150,000 to raise milk cows.