Nur-E Farhana here. Thanks for stopping by to read a bit more about why my mother and I started Knotty Gal!
In 1962, my great-grandfather Mojibur Rahman Bhandari founded the Bhandari Girls’ School, the first all girls’ school in Bogra, Bangladesh. My great-grandfather was a social reformer and progressive visionary, a man who really understood the importance of female education. He was without a doubt ahead of his time and knew educating girls was essential for the betterment of society as a whole. He believed so strongly in the value of education that the school ultimately became a leader in offering scholarships to girls who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to attend.
Today, the student body has grown to over 1,200 students (grades 3-10), with more girls continuing to apply for enrollment. The Bhandari Girls School has worked hard to accommodate as many girls as possible, particularly those for whom the alternatives would be extraordinarily bleak. The majority of the girls enrolled come from extremely poor families. As a result, the school has stretched its limited resources thin and has been forced to make difficult sacrifices, many of which directly impact the quality of education the girls receive.
In 2010, I was fortunate enough to visit the school and got the chance to meet with a number of students and staff. It was heartbreaking to see the overcrowded classrooms with 60+ girls to a room, the broken down desks and chairs, and the used and outdated textbooks. It was also an eye-opening experience and a complete wake-up call. My mother and I didn't know it then, but that moment was the true birth of Knotty Gal.
Since then it has been quite an adventure, and we officially launched in May of 2013. At Knotty Gal, we're proud to donate a portion of all proceeds directly to the girls you see in these pictures. We're so excited for the journey that lies ahead, and we hope you'll join us for the ride.
Thanks for being Knotty with us!
Nur-E (Co-Chief Knotty Gal)