Mehzabeen is 16 and lives in a Sheikhpura village in Mane district in Bihar. She had to drop out of school after class 10 so her younger brother could complete his education, but she continues her studies at home. She loves listening to the radio and she loves stories. She even writes her own stories and sends them to All India Radio, and hopes they will go on the air one day.
Mehzabeen says she listens to our Be! radio plays on All India Radio every Sunday so she can learn about different business models.
Mehzabeen called our Be! Fund helpline because she has lots of problems she wants to solve. The first thing she asked us was:
“Can you tell me how to grow rice without water? We didn’t have enough rain this year for our crops to grow, and I heard your radio play on organic farming and thought you could help me.”
“I have seven siblings and we all wait eagerly to hear your plays. Radio is the only source of entertainment—and information—for me and my sisters. It’s hard for us to go out and get information ourselves.”
“There are lots of problems in my village—electricity, education, no land for farming—and I want to start a business to solve them. I am a hardworking girl and ready to work but I have no resources to work on a business plan.”
“I have seen two solar lights in my village—one in the mosque and the other one in the village temple. After hearing your play, I found out that you can get solar lights from the market. Earlier I thought you can only get solar lights from the government. Can we have solar lights for our home as well?”
The response from Be! Radio has shown us that there are budding entrepreneurs like Mehzabeen everywhere!