Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, on Saturday honoured eight most innovative micro entrepreneurs in Bangladesh in five categories with the 11th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) recognising their achievements.
The 11th CMA award winners are Israt Jahan from Gangni, Meherpur, Hasina Islam from Khilgaon, Dhaka, Ophina Begum from Madarganj, Thakurgaon, Rina Begum from Goal Chamot, Faridpur; Shohel Miaji from Puran Bazar, Chandpur and M Selim Reja from Alaipur, Natore.
Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) received the ‘Best Microfinance Institution of the Year’ award and received Tk 300,000, while Community Development Centre (CODEC) received the ‘Most Innovative Microfinance Institution of the Year’ and got Tk 400,000.
The awards winners were also given crests, certificates and award money in cheques. Chairperson of the 11th CMA advisory committee and Prof of Department of Economics, Dhaka University Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud attended the programme as the chief guest.
Managing Director, Arlinks Limited and former caretaker government adviser and advisory committee member of 11th CMA Rokia A Rahman attended the programme as the guest of honour.
The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards has been supported by Citi Foundation and implemented by Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh with support from Sajida Foundation as the local partner and with the strategic partnership of Credit Development Forum (CDF).
Two media organisations – Channel i and The Daily Star – were the media partners for this programme in Bangladesh.