The project is focused to Gazipur, an area in Dhaka, Bangladesh where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. In the area few people have access to clean water and decent toilets. In this project, facilities for clean water, hand washing and proper toilets are installed for residents and school students. The project includes training on sanitation and hygiene and raising awareness about reducing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the project aims to have a positive impact on the ground water situation by advocating rain water harvesting in textile factories connected to the area.
‘Women are the ones who are most affected by lack of access to clean water and sanitation, and something as natural as menstruation becomes a limit for women’s opportunities to get an education and their ability to fulfil their potential. Also, in times of the pandemic, our projects together with WaterAid in the textile communities are crucial to help reduce the spread. We are proud of how our collaboration with WaterAid has made a difference so far and look forward to continuing our work in another area where many textile workers live’ says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Head of Sustainability at Lindex.
The new project in Gazipur builds on the success from Lindex’s and WaterAid’s previous joint project in Mirpur – another area in Dhaka, Bangladesh where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. The three-year project in Mirpur was finalised in March 2021 and has exceeded all its goals on number of people reached. Through the project, Lindex and WaterAid has provided access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities for more than 6.500 people, and reached 7 000 people with information on hygiene and sanitation. Due to the pandemic, the project increased its focus on health and hygiene training that could reduce the spread and save lives. The project has also resulted in training of 100 young women to act as long term change agents and organise information efforts related to health and hygiene in the community.
“At WaterAid, we are extremely proud of our partnership with Lindex. In essence, it is about equality and sustainability and is a perfect example of how we like to cooperate with partners. The project in Mirpur has changed the lives of so many women, not only through improved health but also by giving them new opportunities in life and hope for a better future. With this new project in Gazipur, even more women will get the same possibilities” says Anna Nilsdotter, Chief Executive at WaterAid Sweden.
Lindex’s collaboration with WaterAid is part of the fashion company’s sustainability promise – to make a difference for future generations – where both women and water are focus areas.