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One of Shahnaz Hossain Begum's neighbors with her children in Bari Majlish village outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Shahnaz Hossain Begum is featured in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) Shahnaz, a mother of four, got her first micro loan several years ago, from the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC) to buy cows to produce milk for sale. She was able to earn enough to build several rental rooms next to her home. She and her family don't drink the milk that helps provide their income.

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One of Shahnaz Hossain Begum's neighbors with her children in Bari Majlish village outside Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Shahnaz Hossain Begum is featured in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.)   Shahnaz, a mother of four, got her first micro loan several years ago, from the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC) to buy cows to produce milk for sale. She was able to earn enough to build several rental rooms next to her home. She and her family don't drink the milk that helps provide their income.