Tanneries in Bangladesh

Six years ago, when Mohammad Rahman was just 11, his family couldn’t afford to buy food or pay rent. As the eldest among his brothers, Rahman had to assume an adult role and make money fast. So he started work at a local tannery in Hazaribagh, a neighborhood in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. Hazaribagh is the country’s unofficial leather hub, housing more than 200 factories where many other kids like Rahman process leather with their bare hands and feet.

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