Young Breadwinner


Shohug and his mother, Morgina Begum, show the lentil chips she makes and he sells every day.

The family depends on this extra money he brings in, so Shohug sells lentil chips every day after school.

Shohug Begum has fond memories of his dad singing him a folk song each night to help him fall asleep. The 10-year-old cherished his father’s hugs and trips to the store together to buy chocolate. His father worked away from the family in Dhaka driving a rickshaw, because he could earn more money there. But every 15 days, he came home, and Shohug relished the time together.

In 2012, his father was killed in a crash, leaving Shohug to support his family. He still attends school, but he also spends hours each day selling lentil chips that his mother makes to earn just a couple dollars each day. The work is hard and makes his days long.

Shohug attends World Vision's Child-Friendly Learning and Resource Center and hopes to finish his studies to become a police officer or get a job in the government.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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