When we think about the people that make our stuff overseas, we think of large, urban factories in developing countries: China, India, Bangladesh...
But did you know that most of the stuff made in these urban factories is made by migrants that come from rural areas?
people who must move place-to-place for work because they can't find work in their own communities.
Displaced: forced to leave their home in search of work
Without access to basic needs like healthcare
Unable to support their
At 10 years old, my parents left me and my younger brother to live with another family in hopes to find work. I never saw them again. I tried to enlist in the army to get out of poverty but was rejected so I decided to leave the village in search of work, like my parents. My dream was to be a policeman but needed an education. I worked hard, saved money, and caught up in education to a junior high level. My life took a turn for the worse when I got hit by a car which ended my dream to be a policeman. I did not know where to turn for medical care because of my lack of funds. One of Faces Apparel's partner organizations helped me recover and create a new dream for my life.
*Since capturing this story, Gao lost the battle to cancer at the young age of 25. His courageous journey is a steadfast reminder that behind every label there is a face and behind every face, a profound story.
When I was 17, I left my small town in Bangladesh in order to find work because my mother was very ill. I found factory work in Dhaka, and at 19, I got married. Our dream is to go back home to take care of my parents but we cannot because there are no jobs in my hometown so we feel helpless.
I had to take care of my grandkids whose parents left in search of work. It was hard on me as an elderly person, struggling to work the farm and raise children. I made the painful decision of letting my grandchildren go because I simply could not care for them. If there was a way for the children’s parents to stay and survive, then I wouldn’t have had to let them go.”
I grew up in a poor, rural village. Farming did not provide enough to survive so I left my family behind to find work. I found work at a lingerie factory as a sewer. I send money back home for my children to eat but I cannot afford the 12 hour train ride to go back to see my children. If only there was a way to have work in my village. I have not seen my children for nearly 3 years.
We created Faces Apparel, a wholesale T-shirt company that uses fair-wage Mobile Factories... literally bringing work to communities, thus reversing the cycle.
We sell these T-shirts with proceeds going to help build more Mobile Factories that ultimately eliminate the need for people to leave their family in search of work.
It brings jobs to struggling communities
People get paid a fair wage
in their hometown
THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IS REVERSED, BRINGING DIGNITY, WORTH, AND HOPE TO COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD.