Pakistan is the fourth largest producer and third largest consumer of cotton. Its 1,500 textile processing mills employ around 40% of the industrial sector’s labor force, which means that around 9 million workers and their families are directly associated with this industry. However, 64% of Pakistan’s population does not have access to safely managed drinking water. The country ranks 14th out of 17 „extremely high water risk“ countries in the world.
Landhi, a Karachi neighborhood that houses many textile factories, suffers from water pollution due to the discharge of untreated water into open sources by some of these factories. Consequently, the local community lacks access to clean water for their daily needs.