The money was good. And he snickered that it'd make up for what her parents weren't paying him, Zubaida said.
In January, he disappeared.
Unable to afford rent on her own, Reshma moved to a tiny room in a house next to the Savar Bazaar bus stop.
Savar, once an undeveloped agricultural patch of land just outside Dhaka, has grown into a chaotic, potholed boomtown, home to a disproportionate number of the country's 4,500 garment factories.
And Reshma quickly found a job at Rana Plaza, a gargantuan, nine-story, city-block-sized structure that housed shops, a bank and five garment workshops.
The $60 she earned a month was twice the average for garment workers in Bangladesh.
Still, the loss of her husband's additional earnings meant she barely squeaked by.
"I have to find a way to chop this off," Reshma thinks.
Her long dark hair is caught under a slab of concrete. Every time she tries to move, large chunks of hair are pulled out of her head.
She feels around in the darkness to see what she can find.
A pair of scissors.
She grabs a handful of hair.
She is now free to explore on her hands and knees this dust-choked cocoon.
When the first cracks appeared in the exterior walls of Rana Plaza, the news spread among the workers in quick murmurs.
The building was built without the right permits on land that used to be a pond, officials now say. The weak foundation was threatened even further when the owner added four floors to what was once a five-story structure.
Generators hummed on the fourth floor, sometimes so loudly that workers said they could feel the structure vibrate.
But all this was revealed after the fact. After Rana Plaza pancaked on April 24. After it claimed more than 1,100 lives.
On April 23, the owner, Sohel Rana, called in an engineer to inspect the building and appease worker concerns.
The engineer, officials later said, took one look at support pillars on the third floor and was horrified. The fissures were deep -- and many.
The building is unsound, he said. No one should be inside.
Rana dismissed those concerns.
"This building will stand a hundred years," he boasted that day.