"I desperately looked for a job to live with my two-and-half-year-old daughter, Meem. But I could not find any ... and decided to sell one of my eyes." the woman, 26-year-old Shefali Begum, told Reuters Thursday at her slum dwelling in Dhaka.
Bangladeshi men have been known to advertise their kidneys for sale to generate cash, but Shefali is the first woman in the country known to advertise an eye.
She did not set a price in a newspaper advertisement she placed, but said she hoped to get enough to set up business as a street vendor or toy seller.
"No one has contacted me yet. Maybe they didn’t believe me and thought I was making a sort of fun but I am serious," she said.
Nearly half of Bangladesh’s more than 130 million people live in poverty, unable to get two meals a day. Abandoned or widowed mothers are at the bottom of the economic heap.
Bangladeshi law prohibits sale of human organ but allows donations to save lives, officials said. Donations outside a family often carried a price tag, they acknowledged.
住在达卡的26岁的 Shefali Begum本周四对路透社记者说：“我迫切需要找到一份工作来养活两岁半的女儿。但我找不到任何工作，于是决定出售自己的一只眼睛。”