Beautiful images of Bangladesh from the lovedesh.com site
Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, with the sector making up almost 80% of the country's annual exports. The industry provides employment to about four million people and is a key contributor to the Bangladesh economy.
It is popular as a source of clothing largely because of its cheap labor. The minimum wage for a garment worker is $38 a month, after being nearly doubled this year following violent protests by workers
- A total population of some 150.4 million, 88% under the age of 55.
- GDP in 2012 was around $110bn - the ready-made garment (RMG) industry makes up 80% of all exports, totaling more than $15bn in 2012-13 financial year.
- About four million people are directly employed in the RMG industry, most of them women, earning an average monthly salary of roughly $40.
- Women can be easily divorced and abandoned in Bangladesh, left destitute with their children. The garment factories have became a lifeline both for abandoned women and those young females who sought to avoid being at the mercy of male dependency and many of the patriarchal limitations that go with it. They were also an opportunity for poor families to add to their income.