Microfinance Opportunities - Garment Worker Diaries

Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) is a global non-profit focused on understanding the financial realities of low-income households. The Garment Worker Diaries project was started in 2016 by MFO in collaboration with local research firms in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia. Fashion Revolution is their partner in spreading the word about the Diaries and engaging stakeholders to advocate for changes in the global supply chain to improve the lives of garment workers.

The Garment Worker Diaries collects data on the work hours, income, expenses, and financial tool use of workers in the global apparel and textile supply chain in producing countries. They collect data on events that happen in the lives of workers, data on injuries, pain, daily schedules, brands worked on, and factories worked in along with surveys on financial capability, working conditions, and health. MFO works with field teams in-country to collect primary data on garment workers’ economic lives. They do this data collection every week for one year. It is supplemented with a series of cross-sectional, topical modules. Data is spot-checked, queried, and verified by field team supervisors.

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# and type of entity540 Workers
Region Bangladesh, Cambodia, India
FrequencyAnnually
# of metrics disclosed50
# of data points gathered per entity30
Year of first public disclosure2017
Data collection method Primary field research
Data verification methodSelf-Disclosed
Themes evaluated Economic transactions respondents performed, Occupational health and safety, Wages, Working time
Vehicle for disclosureInteractive online reports, downloadable PDFs, online interactive Tableau visualizations
Cost to accessFree
Intended users of the DisclosureWorkers in factories, Factories and/or suppliers, Brands and retailers, Unions, Governments, Consumers, NGOs and civil society