A pond became the lifeline for 1500 people
Title: A pond became the lifeline for 1500 people
Barenda is just like any other village of Bangladesh. Yet, the community of about 1,500 people at Barenda village in Nachole of Chapainawabganj is unique in their own way! The secret to their success is a small pond of about 9.7 acres, which fetches them Tk10 lakh in revenue every year from the sale of fish. Until 1976, it was an abandoned trench. That year, locals cleared the hyacinth and started using it on a small scale. In 1993, the pond was re-excavated under the government’s Social Safety Net Programme. The villagers formed a 21-member committee, took the pond on lease and started using it for fishing. With the income generated from the pond, they have built a mosque, a temple, a graveyard and a cremation ground. The community has set a unique example of coexistence, cooperation and prosperity. Story prepared by Zohurul Islam, DrikNEWS Correspondent, Chapainawabganj, February 2015.