Fabeha Monir

The Cost of Your Clothes

Amid poverty wages and abuse at work, Bangladeshi female textile workers produce clothes for international brands. These women do not get a working wage, which has a rippling effect in the economy. Workers’ rent often remains unpaid, and when ill, they cannot afford to rest, and loans are needed to cover treatment expenses. They walk to work, wear cheap, poor-quality clothes, and with no spare money they cannot take care of their families. They are motivated to fight for a better future, in hopes the Western brands they work for and the consumers across the globe will eventually advocate for them, and thereby accelerate Bangladesh’s economic growth.