The World Bank has estimated that 47 percent of poor Bangladeshi women don’t get enough to eat — leaving many underweight, vitamin deficient and vulnerable to the predations of illness. So too, are their children: among the country’s poorest families, 60 percent of kids are malnourished.
And so, as hundreds of thousands of other villagers do every year, Akhter looked to Dhaka for a way out.
She came six years ago and joined one of the city’s most recognizable, fast-growing classes: Dhaka’s garment girls. Garment factories produce 10 percent of Bangladesh’s GDP and 80 percent of the industry’s three million workers are women, according to Annisul Huq, with the Bagladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Look inside a sweater from the GAP, H&M, Zara, even Walmart, and it’s a good bet the tag will say “Made in Bangladesh.” Chances are, it was made by a woman who, like Akhter [pictured above], is young, from a rural village and has little education. –Solana Pyne and Erik German
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