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Runa, Shuma and 15 goats

“I am very happy,” says Runa. At 17, her hard work and generosity have made something wonderful happen.

By breeding and selling goats, Runa has earned enough money to pay school fees for her and her 15-year-old sister, Shuma.


They live in Bangladesh, where many families struggle to find the funds to send their children to school. Often, it’s the girls who are first to miss out, leaving them at risk of early marriage.

But not Runa and Shuma. 

Through Save the Children’s Suchana programme, funded by UK Aid, Runa was given two goats, along with training in how to care for them. Since then, she’s bred a flock of 15 goats, selling two to fund her and Shuma’s education.

This sisters’ story shows how a simple gift – like a pair of goats – can change the course of a child’s life. 

“I want my sister to continue with her studies and be a good human being and think about her future,” Runa says. “If she studies well, she will get a good job.”

Now, Runa wants to help other children fulfil their potential by becoming a high school teacher. “I will be friendly as a teacher so that my students can share anything with me,” she says.

Runa, 17, stands with her sister Shuma, in their community in Sylhet, Bangladesh


In Sylhet, where Runa lives, poverty and malnutrition are huge problems.

Almost half of children grow up stunted because they haven’t had enough nutritious food. And many families can’t afford to keep their children in school.

The Suchana programme is working to change that by:

  • supporting people to rear fish, ducks & goats to increase income,
  • providing training, seeds & tools to help families grow food,
  • empowering families to support young children’s nutrition,
  • training community health workers to diagnose & treat malnutrition,
  • running village groups on nutrition, health & hygiene