Day 4 of 5 - What was the impact?

Yesterday we met spent time walking through the factory and we were blown away by just how many people - 20 - were involved in the production of a single simple product - my PJs.

Today, we got to slow down again and spend time getting to know some of them as individuals.  

We briefly spoke with Shiwani, an expert trimmer who was smiling from ear to ear most of the time that we were there. Aside from genuinely loving her job, she will be getting married in two weeks and has been saving up her paid leave for the wedding festivities.

One of the things that we have noticed over the last few years is the community that can be generated in ethical clothing companies. Factories that value their people can build solid foundations for a genuinely collaborative & impactful community.  

Shiwani's wedding was the buzz of the factory and they were very excited that they'll all be attending her wedding.  Unfortunately we had to say no to our invitation to attend.  

We also met one of the most trusted members of the team, Ganesh, whose wife also works at the factory as a tailor. They are excited to have recently had a baby and she is currently on paid maternity leave, something incredibly uncommon in the clothing sector.

Ganesh is a great planner, hence why the factory trusts him to manage the deliveries and payments. Together they have experienced the enormous benefit of being paid consistently and on time - a benefit that we often take for granted, but something that is not the norm in the international clothing industry.

Lastly, we got to know one the fantastic tailors, Sanjila, and her family. Originally from Nepal and in her mid 20's, Sanjila has had a roller coaster journey through life.  Tragically her father died when she was 15 forcing her to leave school and support her family, especially her two younger sisters.

Using her drive and entrepreneurial spirit, she trained herself to be a sewing expert, working around the clock whilst also caring for her family members. Her reward was the fact that both of her sisters were able to complete their education and are now able to have good stable skilled work.

After the tragic earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, the obligations on Sanjila increased again. Thankful she had been able to send money back to her extended family regularly allowing them to have savings which they called upon in the aftermath of the disaster.

She continues to support her extended family and her dream now is to give her 8 week old daughter Satwa opportunities that she never had.  She longs for her daughter to have opportunities that she was deprived of both due to lack of resources as well as gender prejudices.  

One of the biggest reasons we have heard over the last 2 years as to why consumers don't buy ethically, is that we don't really know the impact. Well here you are.  

It's not about being a hero giving away billions.

It's simply the benefits of buying from companies that treat their workers fairly. The impact of doing business right.