Nazma Masud, an idol of women entrepreneurs
Nazma Masud Parul, is the president of Women's Empowerment Organization (WEO) which always encourages Bengali women entrepreneurs to thrive in their respective field with holding their head high. She is the motivator for the women who are growing up an entrepreneur or has small entrepreneurship.
Women's Empowerment Organization is a non-profitable and non-business organization which set off its journey in October, 2017 with 100 women entrepreneurs.
As a president of WEO, Nazma Masud is organizing fair for the helpless women in every year. In the fair, she allots free stall for the entrepreneurs, coming from different part of the country. In the fair, entrepreneurs' handmade salwar-kameez, jamdani saree, nakshi katha, panjabi and fatua put on display.
Among these items, very meticulous handwork and Kashmiri cloth bag and ornaments, handicraft of different designs get the attraction of the buyers.
She hopes that if every organization could extend their helping hand to the working women, then their hand work would leave the whole world awestruck, crossing the boundary of the country and by doing so, they can bring up pace to the country's economic wheel also.
Nazma Masud's story however began from the childhood. When that story became matured, she turned out to be an idol of the women entrepreneurs in the country. Her inspiration was her elder sister Asia who taught her sewing cloths. Before crossing the school phase, she learned the arts of making hand-made things and thereafter learnt the things like applic, cross-stitch and others. This was just the preparation, prelude to what makes her self-reliant and a material to conquer the world eventually.
During her college life, she learnt tailoring in Fucha Training center. The most important thing was she was a quick learner and learnt the things by watching it. Those arts of learning however helped her to open a Boutique House named Nandini Fashion in Mohammadpur and that too by her own initiative.
During the liberation war, Nazma lost her father and mother both, when she was just a two months baby. Firstly her mother was died after which her father became slain. That's why in the age when everyone gets everything to his/her desire, Nazma's childhood was all about hardship. But hard-work makes a person different and Nazma was no different. By her immense hard-work, Nazma finally established her as a successful entrepreneur in the country.
Her husband however also extended his helping hand to her to achieve what she wants. Her husband Masud Hasan is the Managing Director of Step One Group in which Nazma is also Deputy Managing Director and she gives here the time along with her other works.
Nazma said she is grateful to her husband to come to this extent. However, the pair is blessed with one son and daughter-Oishorjo and Prachurjo.
"Before my marriage I got inspiration from my elder sister. After marriage my husband always inspires me," she said.
"Many of my activities, one of my main activities are related with old age home. I am working for creating new women entrepreneur. I am offering free training for them. I am evoking the government for helping to make women entrepreneur. Our duty is to make women entrepreneur by offering free training and products. My social activities also involved about stop early marriage, to help street child etc."
By her own, Nazma has been training the girls, coming from different rural areas of the country as she wants to make them employed.
"My main goal is to establish Bangladesh girl so that they can rule the world," Nazma Masud said.
There is another story that should inspire the women. When Nazma Masud joined with different activities of MIDAS, she was so young. Slowly she created her space. Now she is the director of MIDAS, Mini Marts of Gulshan Branch, shareholders of Uttara Mini Mart, member of Bangladesh Federation, active member of Entrepreneur Association and director of WIMA Polli Resort. Moreover, Nazma Masud is running a NGO named Nazma Masud Empowerment Welfare Association. She is also the Vice-President of Association of Women Entrepreneur (AWE).
As the director of One Paper & Pack-aging Industries Limited, she is taking a good care and as the DMD's of Step One Group, she is doing her duty perfectly.
Being a single steersman man of Nandini fashion house Nazma Masud participated in Eid Fashion Competition and several times she won the first prize from Ananda Bhubon Magazine. In 2007, as a successful lady entrepreneur, she was honored by Dhaka Cultural Reporters Unity of Shilpakala Academy. At the same year, she was dressed by Begum Rokeya Shinning Personality Award from Narikantha Foundation as a successful women entrepreneur.
In 2009, acquiring 21 prizes in different sector, she got the best award of Anonna Fortnightly Magazine. In that year she won Anonna Eid Fashion award, Mother Teresa Medal, Nowab Sir Solimullah Memory honor prize, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy Memory award. In 2009, Nazma Masud was given Orenda Communication 'Women Personality Award". Later on, in 2011, Nazma Masud was handed over the man of the year award from Journalist Association for Child Welfare Organization.
"From my childhood, I am living in Dhaka. My father was a Freedom Fighter. My father did not come back from the war of 1971. My mother passed away at the age of my 90 days. My home district is in Jessore. My grandmother brought me up in my childhood. After her death I come to Dhaka with my elder sister. I was four years old at that time. I passed my SSC examination from Motijheel Post Office High School and HSC examination from Lalmatia Girls High School. Then I completed my Degree from New Model Degree College. I completed Master's Degree from Jagannath University," Nazma Masud narrated her story.
Despite managing several professional commitments in every day, she never deprives her family.
"My first priority is family, husband and my kid's responsibility. My daughter is now studying in abroad. My son is studying in this country. His school time is from morning to 5 pm. I fulfill my activities within this time. On Holiday sometimes we have some activities. As our meeting hold Saturday. So, I have to finish all of activities on holiday. I can give enough time to my family. My husband helps me all sides."
Last but not the least, she signed off with beautiful message to the women.
"My message to all the women is avoiding the entire impediment, go ahead. I believe, women will bring success in future, but they need both the family and financial support for this. My main goal is how Bangladeshi woman are known around the world."