“My biggest dream is to make a home for my wife, daughter and mother. It was my mother’s dream before and now it is my dream.”

Mamun (32) came to Dubai on the 22nd of December 2010. He has been working as a cargo handler since then and could not be happier. He does miss his little daughter, whom he last saw 3 years ago, but he admits that his daughter could not go to school if he wasn’t earning a good salary in Dubai.

He grew up in the slums of Dhaka without a father. “My father died almost 27 years ago, so my mother was always working. This is why I am used to washing my own clothes and cooking. I just had to help my mother or else we would not have survived. I don’t want my daughter to grow up without a father, so I don’t know how long I will stay in Dubai.”

Mamun worked as an electrician in Dhaka for 8 years. He attended school for 9 years, but he had no formal training to be an electrician – he was taught by his brother. His brother and his wife now work at a garments factory and earn about $25 a month.

Mamun’s family, like so many others in the Gawair slum, came to Dhaka from the countryside to look for a better life. Most people do not find what they came for and end up living in a slum, working a job that barley covers their rent and worry about food every day. “People are happier in the village,” Mamun says, “there is good environment, we can grow food and we are not looked down upon.”

Look out for our Bangladeshi success stories next time you are travelling to or from DXB. Everyone has a story to tell.