In recognition of its outstanding performances, Padakhep has been receiving special awards since 2004. Padakhep in turn has accorded awards to its stakeholders, specially the best performing staff working in different branch offices. The awards are related directly to the achievements in microcredit activities, the major program of the organization across the country.
1. Pro-Poor Innovation Award 2000
Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra is awarded "Pro Poor Innovation Award" in 2000 by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP)/World Bank, Washington, USA for Innovation of the Savings and Credit Program for the Street Children.
2. Atish Dipanker Research Parishad Fellowship Award 2004
Atish Dipanker Research Parisad awarded Padakhep the Atish Dipanker Research Parisad Fellowship Award in 2004 for its outstanding services in social welfare. Mr. Iqbal Ahammed, Executive Director of Padakhep received the award from Dr. Prof. Iazuddin Ahmed, the Hon'ble President, Govt. of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh.
3. Salehin Memorial Award 2004
Saleheen Memorial Award 2004 is given to Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra for contributing social welfare activities to reduce poverty.
4. Best Partner Organization of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) 2005
PKSF, the apex funding organization for promoting microfinance, organized a Microcedit Fair and Award giving ceremony for "Best Partner Organization of PKSF" marking the conclusion of UN International Microcredit Year, 2005. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate in Peace and the Founder Chairman of Grameen Bank, inaugurated the fair. Padakhep participated actively in the fair and represented the products of it beneficiaries. Padakhep was awarded the 'Best Partner Organization of PKSF'. The award was given away by the then Hon'ble Prime Minister, Govt. of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh. Mr. Iqbal Ahammed, Executive Director of Padakhep received the award. Chairman of PKSF Dr. Wahid Uddin Mahmud and its Managing Director Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed addressed the function.
5. Begum Rokeya Shining Personality Award 2005
Narikantha Foundation, in observance of its 7th birth anniversary, organized a ceremony in presenting Begum Rokeya Shining Personality Award, 2005. Thirty four women and 14 men received the award in recognition of their contribution in the repsective sectors. Mr. Iqbal Ahammed, Executive Director, Padakhep received the award for its excellent contribution in microcredit and social development. The ceremony was arranged at Bagladesh Shilpakala Academy on 12 June 2006.
6. Best Micro Entrepreneur Award to Rabeya Khatoon in 2005
Rabeya Khatoon, a microcredit borrower of Padakhep received the award of US $ 1500 as the "Best Micro Entrepreneur of the Year" for her success in micro-entrepreneurship. On this occasion of the International Year of Microcredit (2005), the Citi Group Foundation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) jointly organized the function to distribute the award for outstanding services in micro-entrepreneurship. On November 21, 2005 the then Hon'ble Finance and Planning Minister M. Saifur Rahman gave away the award at a function held at hotel Sheraton.
7. Best Innovative Microcredit Entrepreneur Award to Nilufar Yasmin in 2006
Nilufar Yasmin, a microcredit borrower of Padakhep received the Citi Group Foundation Award of Tk 4.00 lakhs as the best Innovative Microcredit Entrepreneur of 2006-2007 for her outstanding success in producing and marketing cricket bats for children. The award giving ceremony was organized by Citi Group Foundation on September 2006. Dr. Osman Farruq, the then Hon'ble Minister for Education gave away the award to Nilufar Yasmin. Besides, Padakhep organized her visit to attend the Microcredit Summit at Halifax, Canada in November 2006.
8. Roksana Begum A successful entrepreneur
Struggle and determination brings happiness and changes in one's life. Roksana Begum is a unique example of this. As a role model of how to fight out poverty, Roksana won the "Best Woman Micro Entrepreneur of the Year 2013" award from CITI Group.
Roksana Begum, mother of a son and two daughters, lived in the village Nishinda of Valuka upazila of Mymensingh district along with her husband Mozibor. The family had to spend the days in trouble due to extreme poverty. Finding no other alternatives, she joined a garment factory as a worker.But due to poor salary and unhealthy environment, it was difficult for her to continue the job. Finally, after few months, she left the job. Roksana and her husband was continuously thinking of finding a way so that the family could survive.
One day she came to know about Padakhep and its activities,especially microcredit program. She consulted with her husband and became member of Jonaki Mohila Samity under Valuka branch of Padakhep in 2004. She started attending the samity meetings and continued to deposit her savings regularly. She took a loan of Tk.4,000/- in 1st and Tk. 8,000/- in 2nd installments. As she had experience in garments, she started tailoring in her house. In the next two years, she increased her savings instead of taking any loan. Padakhep recognized Roksana for her honesty and increased the amount of loan. In 2010, she took a loan of Tk.50,000/-. She started hotel business using the loan money and her own savings. With the hope of more profit, Roksana took a loan of Tk. 1,00000/-in 2011. She added Tk.1,50,000/-from her own savings with the loan money and started a paper cone (used in garments) factory. She did not stop there. After successful repayment of the loan, she again took a loan of Tk. 1,50,000/-in 2012 and Tk. 2,00000/- in 2013 with a view to expanding her business. She along with her husband and children worked hard for the factory. Finally, luck favoured and her dream came true. Good quality of the product and its huge demand in local markets gradually made the business more profitable. Last year her net profit was Tk.12,00000/-. She is now financially self-sufficient and can manage daily needs of her family quite well. Once Roksana and her family used to live in an earthen house but now they live in a building. She also rent out two houses for additional income. Now she has the asset worth two crore taka. Her elder daughter passed HSC in 2014 and the younger two are also going to school regularly. She hopes for their bright future. Roksana also created employment opportunity for some poor people of the locality. 35-40 people are now employed in her factory.
Roksana is at present a well known entrepreneur in her locality. Socially she has received recognition and honour. She and her husband now take decisions together and respect each other's opinion. Her award has created a wide excitement in the area and inspired people to transcend beyond the fringe of poverty. The award has also inspired Roksana to be more enterprising. She expressed her satisfaction and gratitude to Padakhep for the loan that made her life honoured and dignified. Self-confident and self-reliant Roksana dreams that her business will gradually give her more and more profit and one day she will have the ability to employ more poor people of the area and around