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Photos of the daily lives of garment workers in India and Cambodia

An intimate look into the daily lives of women from the Garment Worker Diaries project in Cambodia and India.

Several women have given permission to share photos of their home life as part of this yearlong research study. We hope this helps the world better understand what it’s like to be a garment worker and inspires you to become an advocate for the people who make your clothes.

 

BANGALORE, INDIA

A garment worker sits with her cousins, styling each other’s hair.

One garment worker’s home in Ramangara, Bangalore.

A garment worker does all the household chores on her one day off each week.

In the evening, a garment worker counts up her household expenses, together with her sister, for the Garment Worker Diaries project.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

This woman, one of the workers in the Diaries project, lives in Kampong Speu Province, just outside Phnom Penh.

On her one day off each week, she cooks a big lunch, such as fish soup with rice and fruit relish.

She also does all the household chores.

On Sunday another garment worker chills at home and watches TV with her kids, just like everybody else!

Another worker stands in her kitchen area where she’s making a big feast.

This woman prepares a large pot of meat and vegetables at her home.

The pilot phase of the Garment Worker Diaries was a yearlong research project, led by Microfinance Opportunities and supported by Laudes Foundation. The goal was to collect data on the lives of 180 garment workers in each of three countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India.