The story of BRIF began in November 1984, when its founder and current Executive Director, Shah Ahsan Habib, was only 15 years old and had just completed his Secondary School Certificate examination.

He was approached by a poor neighbor, Mr. Azgar Ali, who requested money to help him get through some difficult times. The request made Habib think about how local people were plagued by the same problems every year

Particularly during the “lean period” (Bangla Monga) when no agricultural work was available, and he began to question how these problems could be solved.