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Ayub Khan - Educating Fair Trader's Little Ones

ETHLETIC Trainer Worker

Seven year old Amna lives with her parents and siblings in a one room hut in Chak Gillan Village, Pakistan.

Her father Ayub Khan, 49 years old, has been with the ETHLETIC factory in Talon for three years having worked for another shoe company before. He holds a crucial position at the trainer assembly line; Ayub dips the cotton uppers, with inner soles, into the white liquid latex before the outer sole is fitted. Thanks to his precision - and an ingenious refill mechanism for the dipping tank - there are very few mistakes with rubber lines going too high on the canvas.

Every morning Ayub Khan walks for about ten minutes to the main street where the free Talon transport picks him up. Cars have trouble getting near his home even in the dry season and during the monsoons the paths become treacherous even for pedestrians. This service provides a welcome change from his previous job which was too far away. A friend who also transferred to Talon recommended Ayub to the trainer unit. 

As the trainer line does not have enough orders to be running all the time Ayub is on a daily contract but his monthly income exceeds the legal minimum wage. The family have two acres near their home. Their whole family is covered by the health scheme of the Talon Fair Trade Welfare Society, just in time for the new school year. All three of Ayub’s children who are still at home received a school bag with notebooks, pencils and sharpeners. This came as a welcome contribution to the costly education expenses for children. The private school for Amna's twin brother Shaam Khan charges RS 300 per month. School books cost about RS 500 per year for each child, and notebooks RS 100 per month per pupil. 

Amna attends a government run school where books are free but notebooks have to be paid for by the parents. Even five year old Marja, who attends a public nursery school, 'qualified' for one of the Talon school bags. At the last election of the joint body, which is in charge of the Talon Fair Trade Welfare Society, two candidates from the trainer section stood - Ayub voted for the young woman who won the section seat. Apart from his three children, 750 others also got school bags from the Welfare society.

Ayub Khan and his wife Perveenbibi, aged 46, have one more daughter who attended school for eight years. She then got married early to a distant cousin in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province, where her husband works as an auto-rickshaw driver.

Through our sourcing partners we pay a 15% premium on the cost of our shoes to the Talon Fair Trade Welfare Society to enchance the education system for familes such as the Khans. 

Check out our range of ETHLETIC trainers to help Ayub and people like him. 

Published 11/10/11

Photo(s) ® M.Kunz Fair Deal Trading
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