Rafi is a 19 year old TEGA who lives in a slum in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She lives in a busy area with her parents and siblings. Rafi’s parents own a tea stall, which has been closed due to the pandemic. Since Rafi’s father is unwell, her mother has been responsible for the household, often going out to do the household shopping as well as some small work to provide for the family.

“If I talk about my community girl, especially the 18 or 19 years old girls, basically a big change has come to the mentality of their lives. Which is like depending on others will not work. I have to do something. As the husband leaves, they have to take care of their families. They get it well. For this reason, they want to be self-dependent.”