During April 2018, SAJIDA organized conventions to provide recognition, motivation and direction for selected Branch Managers and Field Officers of its Microfinance Program. On April 7, 2018, SAJIDA held a convention for Branch Managers at Savar BCDM, where Ekushey Padak winner Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, renowned economist, development thinker, activist and Chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak foundation (PKSF) attended as Chief Guest. Other distinguished guests included Mr Md Jashim Uddin, Deputy Managing Director, PKSF and Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad’s wife, Dr Zaheda Ahmad, Professor, Dhaka University. 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 Monerul Islam Khan. 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 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.
On April 21, 2018, over 300 Field Officers of SAJIDA Foundation’s Microfinance program gathered at Sea World, next to Foy’s Lake, to enjoy a full day of recreation and strategic and motivational discussions with the higher management through a Convention titled “Microfinance Field Officer’s Convention: Breakthrough to Excellence”. Celebrated and renowned actor Ferdous Ahmed delivered an inspirational address for the field officers, motivating and encouraging them in their work to achieve SAJIDA’s vision of health, happiness and dignity for all. SAJIDA also awarded fifteen best performing Field Officers with awards, recognizing their perseverance and compliance with SAJIDA’s values. The Convention ended with a lucky draw and cultural performance by popular musicians from Bangladeshi Idol, A I Raju and Pinky Chettri, and Susmita, a local performer from Chittagong.
Also present at the event were Md Monerul Islam Khan, Director, Microfinance, SAJIDA Foundation and Md Emdadul Hoque, Director, Admin and Finance, SAJIDA Foundation. The participants were from Chittagong (128), Comilla (113) & Feni (93) consisting of 334 field officers in total, excluding the event management and coordination team.
The Convention intended to provide our Field Officers direction, guidance as well as inspiration to apply their efforts towards value-driven work. The Convention also served as a retreat, providing our field staff the time to reflect on their work from a wider perspective, to meet other SAJIDA staff and share their experiences and concerns. The program schedule consisted of a number of presentations and videos on SAJIDA, its founder, its programs, and other motivational items. Going forward, SAJIDA’s next 5-year target is to expand its Microfinance program to reach out and uplift more marginalized people with its diverse loan products and social development programs. In order to achieve this target, SAJIDA is investing generously on its employees, to capacitate and motivate them to be productive and dedicated in their work for humanity.