This report aims to describe the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh by collecting data on their economic condition. A team of researchers visited 180 garment workers each week for one year to compile the report. The researchers collected data on how much the workers earned and spent each week, as well as how many hours they worked and the conditions in their factories. They collected other data too, such as information on food security, financial literacy, and workplace safety.
The findings are striking: at 60 hours per week, garment workers in Bangladesh work more hours than heir counterparts in Cambodia and India, but they earn significantly less and often labour in horrific conditions. While some workers hand their earnings over to other household members, others must find a way to stretch these earnings across each moth, often taking on large amounts of debts to do so.