Since the 1980s rapid growth in the manufacturing of ready-made garments for export has created new opportunities for women industrial workers in Bangladesh. This study explores ways of improving the financial capabilities of these young, inexperienced wage earners through a targeted program of financial education. It also aims to identify scalable financing models that can be replicated to increase the opportunities of garment workers. The project culminated in a workshop to share results from the research study and to elicit discussions and recommendations based on the findings of the study. Recommendations include a preference for in-factory training in peri-urban areas, earlier intervention during vocational training, and policy advocacy to promote financial inclusion of the poor.
Ainul, Sigma, Md. Irfan Hossain, Sajeda Amin, and Ubaidur Rob. 2013. "Financial inclusion of female garment workers," technical report. Dhaka: Population Council.