SAJIDA Foundation had the pleasure of welcoming as Chief Guest, Ekushey Padak winner, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, renowned economist, development thinker, activist and Chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF); and distinguished Special Guests including his wife, Dr Zaheda Ahmad, Professor, Dhaka University and member, Board of Directors, PKSF; and Mr Md Jashim Uddin, Deputy Managing Director, PKSF at a Convention for SAJIDA’s Microfinance Branch Managers in BRAC CDMP, Savar. Also present at the event were Ms Zahida Fizza Kabir, Executive Director, SAJIDA Foundation; Mr Ishtiaq Mohiuddin, Senior Adviser, SAJIDA Foundation, and Directors – Md Fazlul Hoque, Md Emdadul Hoque and Md Fazlul Hoque. SAJIDA’s Branch Manager’s Convention spanning April 6 -7, 2018, awarded some of the best performing Branch Managers and also featured fun and motivational performances, by popular musicians and sessions with distinguished speakers and SAJIDA’s Senior Management.
Talented children from SAJIDA’s Amrao Manush Project started off the program on Saturday, April 7, 2018, with a song and dance performance. At the Convention, Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad also handed out education scholarships to 10 selected meritorious students supported by SAJIDA Foundation. Dr Ahmad also inspired over 200 SAJIDA participants present at the event with a thought-provoking speech, which highlighted the need for humanity and sensitivity to underscore each and every action for development. Mr Md Jashim Uddin, Deputy Managing Director, PKSF, in his speech, mentioned his lasting relationship with SAJIDA’s Microfinance program since the early days when it stepped into a partnership with PKSF and its remarkable journey of expansion since then.
SAJIDA Foundation’s Microfinance Program, which started in 1993, operates on its values of quality, integrity, innovation and transparency and currently has 188 branches covering 20 districts of Bangladesh. SAJIDA’s partnership with PKSF has enabled the program to progress significantly and looks towards the future with further plans for growth. Also in partnership with PKSF, SAJIDA is implementing an integrated development project titled “Samriddhi”, which focuses on holistic development and poverty alleviation with a unique and inclusive approach.