Proofs: Inside Global Apparel’s factory in Kenya

When I’m photographing in Africa, I don’t see helpless, starving Africans waiting for a “handout” (a term that I personally think should be trashed). I see entrepreneurs, hardworking mothers and people inspired with dreams just like you and I.

The only difference between us is opportunity. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers a fortunate ticket. AGOA was enacted in 2000 as the first piece of trade legislation focused on increasing and enhancing trade between the US and countries in sub-Saharan Africa. AGOA permits duty-free, quota-free export of more than 6000 products from eligible countries to the US.

Global Apparel in Kenya is one such company capitalizing on this vital US legislation. They have landed major accounts with Wal-Mart, Target and the Men’s Warehouse and has provided jobs to more than 1,000 workers to create up to 8,000 garments per day. I had a chance to tour their factory, so take a look at some of the work they do: