Since 2009, Primark has partnered with SAVE (Social Awareness and Voluntary Education) to provide education and support for workers and their communities in southern India. The program raises awareness of topics including childrens' education, financial planning, health and worker rights and allows us to go beyond the factory gates to understand the challenges faced by communities in which our products are made.
Our program with SAVE is for the wider community where our products are made and not just for those who work in the factories that make Primark clothing.
Under the program, workers form small learning groups, and receive education from SAVE's trainers. Workers in the groups then educate others in the factories they work in, and the communities they live in. A key achievement of this program is that all workers who take part in the scheme send their children to school and encourage others in their communities to do so.
As part of the program, SAVE carries out in-depth surveys to help us understand the challenges that workers, and their communities face. With their support, we are able to build programs to address these issues.
My name is Karthika, and I'm 27 years old. Since being part of the SAVE program, I've learned about savings schemes and now have a bank account where I can save my earnings. Before joining the program, I used to give my salary to my husband, and we'd just spend it all. Now, we sit down together and make a budget based on our individual and family needs.
My name is Valliammal, and I'm 47 years old. Thanks to SAVE, I've learned about the piece rate system that factories use, and I've successfully bargained with the factory to increase the rate the factory pays us per item we make.
We continue to grow and develop our program in south India.