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Sewing Hope : How One Factory Challenges the Apparel Industry's Sweatshops - (Hardcover)

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Sewing Hope offers the first account of a bold challenge to apparel-industry sweatshops. The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic is the anti-sweatshop. It boasts a living wage three times the legal minimum, high health and safety standards, and a legitimate union—all verified by an independent monitor. It is the only apparel factory in the global south to meet these criteria.

The Alta Gracia business model represents an alternative to the industry’s usual race-to-the-bottom model with its inherent poverty wages and unsafe factory conditions. Workers’ stories reveal how adding US$0.90 to a sweatshirt’s production price can change lives: from getting a life-saving operation to a reunited family; from purchasing children's school uniforms to taking night classes; from obtaining first-ever bank loans to installing running water. Sewing Hope invites readers into the apparel industry’s sweatshops and the Alta Gracia factory to learn how the anti-sweatshop started, how it overcame challenges, and how the impact of its business model could transform the global industry.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Business + Money Management, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Sarah Adler-milstein & John M. Kline
Language: English
Street Date: October 3, 2017
TCIN: 52912099
UPC: 9780520292901
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-3144
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