Dhaka, Jul 7(BAN/CD): Stepping into the world of business in 1993, Qamrun Nahar Zahir is now the chair-person of Ananta Apparels, a garment business that boasts of export receipts worth $300 million today.
In 1993, Qamrun Nahar Zahir lost her husband, leaving her with four minor children and a business, that she took over. At that time, the company made exports worth a few million dollars.
Today, Ananta Apparels employs about 28,000 people and supplies products to all household clothing brands in the world.
Ananta Apparels has been awarded the International President Leadership Award 2016-17 from Lions Club International, Best Exporter Award for 2017 along with the top three export awards in Bangladesh in the last five years.
According to Daily Star, the company plans to go for a $60 million investment for activewear production along with establishing a 750,000sqft factory in Narsingdi.
Ananta Apparels with collaborative partners, including German Investment Corporation DEG, the International Finance Corporation, Dutch Development Bank FMO and Standard Chartered, achieved an annual sales growth rate of 23.34 percent last year.
The company has also planted more than 500,000 trees and gives out Tk 35 lakh as scholarships among students at the secondary level of education in Noakhali every year as a part of their social responsibility.
In 1971, Qamrun Nahar completed her honours in biochemistry from Karachi University and returned to Dhaka in 1972, where she received her Master’s degree from.
She won an award in the Outstanding Women in Business category in the 18th Bangladesh Business Awards.
Qamrun Nahar has now handed over the running of the business to her two sons.