By DANNY TURNERAl Jazeera English – Dhaka, BangladeshA woman in her mid-50s is among those in the Dhaka-Guwahati district who have found a way to make a living by using her own money.
Her husband is a textile engineer, and she works from home.
She earns between 30,000 and 50,000 Bangladeshis ($1,500 to $2,000) a month by sewing and making garments for export.
Her clothes are not for sale in Bangladesh, but she makes money from selling them.
But she says she has never been able to earn enough money to support her husband and four children, who live in neighbouring countries.
“I don’t want to say that we are poor, but it is very difficult,” said the woman, who asked to be identified only as S. “We have worked for years in a factory, but we do not earn enough for the rent.
We need to sell our clothes.”
The woman, whose children are between the ages of two and five, has worked as a seamstress for about five years.
She says she earned around $800 a month from her work, but her children do not like her.
“They do not understand how I earn so much money.
It is very hard for me to make my living.
My children do work for me, but they are very poor and they cannot afford their own food,” she said.”
If my children had more money they would have more food to eat.”
For S, the biggest challenge has been getting to grips with how to spend her money.
“My money is only enough to pay my rent, my bills, and sometimes to buy clothes for my children.
I do not have enough money in my pocket to buy new clothes, so I have to borrow money from my friends,” she added.
S. is a single mother who lives with her four children in a one-bedroom flat in Dhaka’s western suburb of Dhaka Kaffa.
She is also unemployed, unable to afford to buy or sell her clothes.
“The money is hard to come by.
I can’t buy a house because I cannot afford to live in the area.
I have a lot of debts to pay off,” she told Al Jazeera.”
In Bangladesh, I am not allowed to have money at all.
We live in fear of losing our houses.”
The country’s garment industry is one of the world’s largest, and the majority of the workforce is female.
S., who works for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), is the only woman in the factory where she works.
“When I went to work, I was in the second floor.
I could not see the rest of the factory because I had to keep to myself,” she recalled.
The garment industry employs about 50,00 people in Bangladesh and other countries.
Women in Bangladesh have been earning less than men for years, as domestic work has become more common in the country.
In 2013, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded the lowest number of female household members in the world.
In 2014, the World Bank recorded a sharp increase in the number of households headed by women and girls, with a total of 1.2 million households headed or occupied by women, compared with 1.1 million households for men.
In Bangladesh women account for only 17.6 per cent of the population, but the country has a gender pay gap of $0.32 for every dollar earned by women.
The gap has risen to $0 and $0 per dollar earned for men and $1.13 for women since 2013, according to the World Economic Forum.
While there has been a rise in female participation in the workforce, the country still lags in the overall share of women in the labour force.
The number of women employed in the formal labour force is less than 1 per cent, according the UN Population Fund.
“Women still struggle to achieve a certain standard of living in Bangladesh.
They face challenges like being able to get married, and even get pregnant.
The main challenge is also related to poverty.
They do not work, and are left without a job,” said Sarah Tawfik, a senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Research and Development, a think tank based in Dharmasagar, Bangladesh.
Women also face a lot more discrimination in terms of access to employment.
According to the National Commission for Women, there are 1.8 million women unemployed in Bangladesh today, compared to about 4.5 million women in 2011.
The World Bank also reported in 2014 that female job seekers in Bangladesh are more likely to be unemployed than male job seekers.
“A woman who is unemployed is more likely than a man to be economically dependent on her husband, and more likely, a woman who has worked in a textile industry is likely to have lost her job,” Tawfl