Bangladeshi Women Leave Home to Sell Cosmetics

    A Bangladeshi woman looks out of a train window at a railway station in Dhaka on June 17, 2009.  Bangladesh Railways has been running at a loss over the years, relying more on government budget allocation to survive each fiscal year. A report says that Bangladesh Railways has lost over five billion taka (74 million dollars) in the fiscal year to June 2007 alone. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In Bangladesh, where women are expected to stay home and tend to their families and households while their husbands go out and work, many are instead starting to make their own money selling beauty-care products. Some 2,400 Bangladeshi women have been trained by Care International—a global confederation to end poverty—to sell products for several multinational corporations. For most women, the work has more than doubled their incomes—an especially significant difference for those who are widowed. And while working women are traditionally frowned upon in Bangladeshi society, the extra money brought home by a working wife is so helpful to a family that it may outweigh any qualms her husband has about her going door-to-door.

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