Shahjahan Khondoker

Bakery Owner

Noakhali

 

Nowadays everyone wants to be rich but mere desire is not enough rather you got to be focused and work hard for it. My father was a raw materials trader and we would be grateful, if we got to have two meals a day. In 1973 after the liberation war, my father started Mitali Biscuit Factory and after I finished school I joined the business in 1976. 

I continued with my studies and also helped my father and uncle in the business simultaneously. When my father expired in 1980 I took full ownership of the business. 

One thing about me is that I am very focused and target-oriented. When I took over my father’s business I not only wanted to do make profit but also expand further. There were days I left work at 5 am in the morning and again got back at 9 am and even the day I got married I went to office without taking any leave. I grew up in a middle-class family and today I own Mitali Bakery, Mitali Flour Mill. 2 factories, real estate and some other small businesses. 

I don’t know if I am successful but my greatest achievement is that I have created jobs for more than 400 people. There was nobody to mentor me, I had to learn by trial and error to reach this stage in life. I may have accomplished a lot however I feel I am still lagging behind and there is still a lot to be done. Maybe this eagerness to do more inspires me to work harder.