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Published on Dec 1, 2011
Many of our clothes here in the UK are made in Bangladesh, where the garment industry accounts for 78% of the economy. Those working in the industry, 85% of whom are women, are low paid, and have often had no access to education. Each will earn approximately a pound a day - to produce a staggering 120 pairs of trousers an hour and 50 shirts a day.
CARE has been working with a number of multinational companies, including GAP, Timberland and WALMART to empower these female workers through education and leadership skills.
UK MP Rushanara Ali visited the Dakar slums to meet women taking part in the project - and explore the role for big business in development.