“I have been working in the garment industry for almost two and a half years now. I started off at a garment factory in Mohakhali, and then I moved to a different department in the same factory in Gazipur. While employed at the Gazipur factory, transportation was provided for us by the employer. I’d convince myself to wake up early morning and somehow we made it to work on time most days. However, it would take us approximately two and a half hours (or more!) to return home at night every day. It was awfully hectic. Eventually, I switched to a garment factory in Chairmanbari. That’s where I work now.
I grew up in Tangail at my grandparent’s place. I used to study there. Even after moving to Dhaka, I studied up to class seven. That’s when I noticed how my father was struggling to run our entire family on his own. I chose to keep my education aside for the time being and started looking for work. I used to swing by at various garment factories to find work.
At first, my age would immediately get me disqualified. After some time and a lot of persuasion, I was able to find work at one garment factory. Now I work as an operator. Since there is a lot of workload, occasionally, we need to do overtime.
I really miss going to my grandmother’s place. Maybe it is because I grew up there. I feel connected to the people there. I still visit my grandma during Eid vacations. I love visiting my uncles and aunts there. I look forward to that time of the year!”