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How a grocery store is bringing healthcare to people who can’t usually afford it

Imagine a grocery shop selling all your basic goods at a discounted price… and if you buy enough you also get free health insurance. It might seem too good to be true, but stores like this have been introduced at some factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Social entrepreneur Saif Rashid is trying to get better healthcare to some of the millions of garment factory workers who are on low wages. For them, to lose a day’s pay by taking time off sick can be disastrous and affording decent healthcare is almost impossible.

Now, with this scheme, they can get health insurance at the same time as getting discounts on their shopping. We find out how it’s changed some workers’ lives and why some people don’t take up the opportunity.

Reporter: Chhavi Sachdev
Producer: Tom Colls

(Photo Credit: BBC)

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