Fozia sticks the sole with glue to the shoe. She is one of the few
female workers that produce the shoes for Ethletic. Approximately 90% are men, while in Vietnam the garment industry is characterized by many more women.
She is a deaf and single mother. Fozia is grateful for the tips and the recognition for her good work. She uses the tips to buy clothes for her three children.
Jamsheed Iqbal is sewing machine operator at Talon Sports, a Fairtrade certified garment factory in Sialkot.
He wants to say to the people using his products: “Use them well, they are made with good quality.”
He earns 120€ per month and additionally 95€/year in tips. He uses the money to buy groceries for his family.
Joseph is one of the oldest employees at Kiboko en Nairobi, Kenya. He was trained as a cutter and is also in charge of all the repair work.
He opens and closes the factory every day. Thanks to a safe salary and some bonuses, he was able to take his wife to college. Now she is employed at one of the hospitals in Kenya.
His dream is to build a house. Since November 2020, he and his 44 colleagues receive their tips - collected at the website of Kipepeo Clothing - every three months.
Within the first eight months of 2021 he has received 48€.
Muhammad produces the fair sneakers for Ethletic in Sialkot, Pakistan. Most of Pakistani garment industry lies in this area.
The average daily wage for laborers at Talon Sports is 5€. Through the global tip, he earns approximately a13th monthly income for himself and his family.
He uses the tips to buy presents to his four kids and to give them pocket money.
Muhammad is one of the oldest employees at the shoe department of Talon Sports producing for ethletic. He comes to work every day by bus.
He operates the oven so that the glue sticks the sole and the fabric together. The tips, that are distributed every three to six months, are used to buy school supplies for his grandson.
Rose joined Kiboko Factory in 1998. She worked as a cutter and was then promoted to the design department.
A few years ago, with loans from the Kibos Fund of the factory, she has been able to buy a piece of land in Nairobi.
There she has started to build her own house to stop paying rent. Thanks to the cooperation of Kipepeo & tip me, she receives her share of the global tip on a quarterly basis.
Usually she receives between 10-20€ per quarter.
He works in the garment industry since he is 16 years old. He comes from the countryside, but moved to Saigon for work. He attaches the waistband to the jeans, which is the most complicated part of sewing. Thanks to the Dawn and tip me cooperation, since May/20, Thi Be Ty receives approx. 86€/year.
During the corona crisis, Dawn even tripled the tips in summer 2021 to support Thi Be Ty and his team. Thi By Ty’s biggest dream is to build a house for his sick mother in the countryside.
His biggest wish is that she recovers and is healthy. He uses the tips to support her.
Thi Doanh makes the jeans of Dawn Denim ready for shipping: she trims threads, attaches the tags, folds and packs the jeans into the parcels.
Since Dawn started to collect tips in their online shop in May 2020, Thi Phuong receives twice a year approximately 43€.
She has two children and wants to save the tips for building her own house. Her biggest fear is to lose her job.
She works since 2000 in the garment industry and since 2015 she sews the jeans for Dawn Denim. Dawn is the only Fashion Brand, to receive a 100/100 point rating by Fair Wear Foundation.
Dawn produces their jeans at Evolution3 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since October 2020, Thi Phuong receives her tips twice a year.
Per year, she receives approx. 86€. Her biggest fear is that the factory has to close down due to the economic situation.
Veronica is a store assistant at Kiboko Factory in Nairobi, Kenya. She produces fair fashion for Kipepeo Clothing and several other brands.
Every three months, she and her 40-50 colleagues receive the global tips directly on their phone via Mobile Money.
This payment method is much more popular then regular bank accounts in Eastern Africa. With the tips, she is able to pay the school fees.
We believe the people on the ground know best what they need. With tip me garment workers receive additional income and are free to decide how to use it. We believe this is how development collaboration should work.