NATORE, Jan 18: People of Durlovpur village under Naldanga upazila here have become economically self-reliant by adopting tailoring as their extra source of income.
Every house of the village has a small factory where all classes of people including women work in sewing machines day and night. They make different items including quilt and pillow covers using cut piece clothes. They sell their products in markets at reasonable prices. Thus they become financially solvent.
Many people of the village informed that in winter they specially make covers of quilt from cut piece clothes which have great demand in the local markets and other parts of the country. In every season wholesalers from Dhaka, Comilla, Pabna, Shariatpur, Jessore and Bogra came here to buy the quilt covers.
Shyamol Kumer of the village said he is professionally a barber. He works in his sewing machine after finishing his professional works at the evening and earns additional money from this.
Rupa Sarker, a college student of that village said, she works in a small factory during her holidays and meets up her study expenditure with the money she earns.
Schoolgirls - Shampa and Nandini informed that they earn Tk 150 to 200 everyday while housewives - Amena and Laxmi Rani said all men of the village work in tailoring factories. There is no financial crisis at any family now, they informed.
A tailor Amzad Hossain said there is no jobless man in the village.
Local union parishad (UP) Member Fazlar Rahman informed that there are sewing machines at around 400 houses at Durlovpur village at present.
Local businessman Amzad Hossain Montu said, hundreds of small factories have been set up here for tailoring business. Clothes worth about Tk 60 to 70 crore are sold here during the season.
Chairman of Khajura UP Zahrul Islam Bhutto said, though many small tailoring factories have been set up at every house here, but shortage of capital and substandard communication system are hindering the expansion of the trade.
Naldanga Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sharmin Akhter Zahan informed that people including the women of Durlovpur village are becoming self-reliant doing the tailoring business.
She further said, the incomplete work of Natore-Naldanga-Naogaon highway would begin in the coming year. After that the transport problem will be overcome, she added.