Umme Sayla Rumki, 27, growing up in a middle-class family, is a Physiotherapist, successful entrepreneur and author. Countless people benefit from two of her physiotherapy centres in Uttara and Mirpur.

From adolescence, she was willing to be independent. With a Masters’s in Physiotherapy from Dhaka University in 2008 and not having a job despite having the qualifications, she started her physiotherapy centre at Mohammadpur in 2009. She faced many obstacles in setting up her business early on, from its inception, owing to documentation issues with stakeholders. Rumki relocated her centre to Uttara in 2009. She started to face financial problems in new areas. Logistics and operations costs began to drain her resources because of her low exposure to financial-management-related knowledge. She got a lot of job opportunities but turned them down. Her husband was her constant motivation to carry on forward.

She learned about BYEAH from a patient and then communicated with BYEAH soon after. She enrolled herself for BYEAH facilitated training courses.

Entrepreneurship Development Program

After attending two training courses, she created a business plan and got connected with a mentor. Rumki says, “BYEAH has changed the course of my life. I have been able to move forward in establishing my initiative.”

Access to Finance

After joining BYEAH, Rumki took out a loan from MIDAS in 2017 and started her new center in Uttara. Shortly after that, another physiotherapy center was established in Mirpur in 2018. At present, there are 16 employees in her establishment.

Volunteer Mentor Access

Rumki is grateful to her mentor, Tanya Wahab. Because of her mentor, she got an opportunity to attend various seminars and workshops in the United States as a 2-week young entrepreneur. She is still getting mentor support from her mentor.

A book about physiotherapy authored by Rumki was published at the book fair in 2018. Recently, Rumki has completed the launch of a new app called ‘Happy Pregnancy’. Umma Shayla Rumki dreams that one day, she will establish a full-fledged physiotherapy hospital.

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