Shahnaz Hossain Begum milks one of her cows at her home in Bari Majlish village outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Shahnaz Hossain Begum is featured in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of her day's worth of food on a typical day in December was 2000 kcals. She is 38; 5' 2" and 130 pounds. She got her first micro loan several years ago, from BRAC, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, to buy cows to produce milk for sale. This mother of four was able to earn enough to build several rental rooms next to her home in her village of Bari Majlish, an hour outside Dhaka. She and her tenants share a companionable outdoor cooking space and all largely cook traditional Bangladeshi foods such as dahl, ruti (also spelled roti), and vegetable curries. She and her family don't drink the milk that helps provide their income. MODEL RELEASED.
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