Aspiring Businessman


Tarikul Islam, age 14, holds tools of his trade in auto repair.

Tarikul wishes he could go to school like the other kids in his community in Bangladesh. But at this point, he’s been working for five years at an auto shop and has forgotten everything he had previously learned in school before he had to drop out.

Tarikul works for about 12 to 14 hours a day, depending on the day, and makes about 2,000 taka (nearly $25) a month to help support his family. His mom works 14 hours a day as a domestic laborer to earn 1,000 taka ($12.50) a month.

Islam has been attending the Khulna Child Friendly Learning and Recreation Cente­r for about 10 days. He hopes to learn how to read and write and do basic math at the center so that he can one day have his own auto shop.

If he can learn those things and get about three to four more years of training, he could make about 35,000 taka ($437) a month, and that is his life’s goal.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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