Starting Story of SUS
A woman, fighting for every moment to establish herself as a human being- Begum Rokeya, with ten like-minded friends of the locality those who were involved with different social activities established Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) in 1985 in a very informal way at her home. In 1986, SUS got registration from Social Welfare Department. In the same year, SUS received one knitting machine and one sewing machine from Social Welfare Department. In 1987, SUS also received seven sewing machines, one zigzag machine, seven knitting machines from few friends of Norway and Finland. In 1988, SUS received taka 43500 from Swedish SIDA as onetime donation. A piece of land was purchased for SUS from Begum Rokeya’s own earnings and the assistance of few friends of Finland and Berlin. In 1989, SUS started its journey through joint collaboration with FPSTC on FP and MCHC activities. In 1990, SUS got registration from NGO Affairs Bureau. SUS received taka 974000 from NORAD for infrastructure construction. SUS’s Executive Director started micro-credit program with tk.36000 among 100 persons in and around Netrakona municipality. The money came from her salary as a teacher of a local secondary school. She kept records of the loan in her diary. In 1991, Lineker, a foreign volunteer joined with SUS. She worked at handicraft section. Partnership program was started with NORAD on women development, CARE-Bangladesh as pilot project on handicraft training and BRAC on NFPE. In 1992, SUS expanded its programs through village group formation, adult literacy, children education and handicraft.

Over the years it has gathered substantial memories. The memories are important to track out its past based on which the future can be reflected. SUS developed its first long term perspective (LTP) for 1996-2000 through Action Aid Bangladesh (AAB). Later on, SUS reviewed the plan and developed five-year strategy for 2001-2005, 2006-2010, 2011-2015 and 2016-2020 respectively. During this period, SUS has developed a theme based strategic framework through participatory way with involving different levels of staffs by analyzing and considering the nature and types of the interventions/programs according to the changing circumstances and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a view to achieve its cherished goal and objectives.