Tanzima initiates with her bicycle The First Parcel Delivery Women In Chittagong
I have heard so many nonsense words for my Bicycle. I knew how to ignore it from a child’s age. So I got the title of being stubborn to everyone. It is very wrong if I say that everyone encourages. My indomitable will is the main thing. I don’t like their talks that girls playing only feminine games. Badminton and carom were my favorite sports. Cycling was my favorite. Today I am working as a delivery woman in Chittagong city with my old bicycle. I don’t work with everyone; I deliver the products of online women entrepreneurs. But I am thinking to do more. I received a strangely good response from many women online entrepreneurs. I want to hold on to my Parcel Delivery, it’s giving me happiness and money as well— These are said by Tanzima Akhtar, a different type of entrepreneur from Chittagong. For the first time, she took the initiative of parcel delivery work for women entrepreneurs.
Tanzima, daughter of Hathazari of Chittagong district, is graduating from Southern University in Chittagong City Hotel and Tourism Management. In the future, she wants to see herself as a Woman Entrepreneur.
We asked how the initiative started. Tanzima said it was just not too long before a month She started the parcel delivery work with her own bicycle.
Tanzima said, ‘On lockdown period I sold home-cooked food on the online platform. I cycled to deliver my orders myself. One day one of my girl-friend asked me to deliver her product to the buyer’s house. I did it to help my friend. After doing the work, I thought, I like to ride a bicycle, so I can do the work of delivering products to other women also. Then I started, got an unprecedented response just after posting to a women business group on Facebook. Since then, A lot of work has been done. I am enjoying it very much. ‘
Tanzima said, ‘You know what’s surprising? Many people have asked me that why I am doing this job. Is it a hobby or need? The people mind is not surprising for me. Most people thinking is that women’s work is meant to be a hobby or need. A woman can’t take a job as a profession or for a livelihood of her own?’
Tanzima said, ‘When I first posted on Facebook, many online business women (Apu) welcomed me. That’s positive. I feel like I’m in a very comfortable zone. Sometimes it’s even difficult, but I go there for pickup or delivery for women entrepreneurs (Apu). ‘Apu for Apu’— is my main motivator.
I noticed that although there were women entrepreneurs, no women delivery persons. In this place, I thought in my manner. Maybe many more women and girls come forward after me’. Tanzima added.
We (the womenvoiceBD team) asked how many deliveries she has made so far? Tanjima said, ‘I am making at least five deliveries a day. A lot of work I can’t do for remote locations. So many calls I had to deny because the place is not cycle-friendly. But I love to do it. I connect new people every day, This is a tool of social communications also.’
Most online entrepreneurs say to me that I am their special assistance. Working for women has given me and them a lot of comforts.
Tanzima said to WomenvoiceBD reporter, ‘I charge 70 takas per delivery. I ride my bicycle. It is a bit of physical exercise and time-consuming. So don’t do it if it’s too far away. I don’t expect a good income as soon as I start a job. But Alhamdulillah is going well. Hopefully, there is also an expectation to do something big with women delivery in the future. Pray for me.’