Fatima lives in a cramped, two bedroom apartment with 10 other people – including her landlord.
She says: “I share my room with two other garment workers… three people in one room… We don’t have a bed, I sleep on the floor.”
Running water is only available for one hour, three times a day. Fatima fills a cooking pot with water in the morning before work and then stores it in a plastic drum in her room.
Fatima gets sick and feverish from not being able to go to the toilet at work and she worries her body can’t function:
Sometimes payments of their monthly wage are late, causing problems paying rent and additional stress. Worse still, the line chiefs regularly skim money from everyone by hiding or lying about the amount they are owed and bullying Fatima and other workers into signing their payslips. Fatima says, “The owner doesn’t know about this, that the line chief keeps our money.”