Fisherwoman. Breadwinner. Homemaker. Mum.
As a widow, she’s the sole provider for her small family. She earns a little money by catching fish and selling them in the market – trying to make enough to feed her two children and send them to school. But it’s tough.
Apart from being vulnerable to natural disasters, such as cyclones, the small village where she lives in Bangladesh has a real struggle accessing safe, clean water.
The lack of something so essential in day to day life makes circumstances that are already challenging, much more difficult. Drinking, cooking and keeping clean become nearly impossible. It's hard to do simple things like wash hands, meaning viruses spread easily. Unsafe water carries diseases itself, causing things like diarrhoea, which can be deadly for children.
During the rainy season, there’s plenty of rainwater which can be used – if there's a way to store it. Trying to collect it used to take up a lot of Basheera's time, but at least they had drinking water. The dry months were far more difficult. In those times, she had to pay for water for her family to drink and she struggled to afford it.
Also, with no road from her house to the village, fetching and carrying water for the rest of her family’s daily needs was very difficult. One day, in doing so, she slipped and fell, hurting her back. Now she needs medication to deal with the pain.
The injury made carrying water even more of a challenge.