HOW WE DO IT
FOR GARMENT FACTORY

Instituto Alinha supports owners of small garment factories interested in regularizing their businesses. In order to do so, our team inspects the facilities and prepare a technical report, which is used to design customized action plans including guidance on the following issues: legal formalization, facilities, electrical wiring, organization, occupational health and safety and employment relations. We then help garment factories implement the improvements to receive certification.

Small garment factories interested in participating in the Instituto Alinha program must use this form to apply.

CERTIFIED
GARMENT FACTORIES

Below are the stories of some of the workers registered at our website: 

before

after

Sergio e Silvia 

Bolivia natives Sergio and Silvia met in Brazil and have been together for the past 5 years. They now own their own small garment factory and enrolled in the entrepreneurism course of the Tecendo Sonhos program in 2018. After applying to Instituto Alinha, the couple made the improvements listed in the Action Plan, which included not only legally formalizing the factory, but also changes and improvements to the facilities and electrical wiring. They are now the proud owners of one more certified small garment factory!

before

after

Lídia e Carlos

Lídia and her husband already knew how to sew when they first arrived in Brazil. Carlos then helped their children master sewing. They manage to open their own business thanks to their effort and dedication, and the entire family works together. Lídia took the entrepreneurism course and submitted an application to Instituto Alinha in 2017. She found a new site for her factory and received certification after substantially repairing the facilities’ electrical wiring.

FAIR
PRICE

In order to maintain fair working conditions, Alinha has developed a pricing methodology to help negotiations between small garment factory owners and brands, in order to always ensure fair production prices.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE FAIR PRICE?

Fair price is based on the wage paid per hour to each employee and the time required to produce a given garment.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE WAGE PER HOUR?

In order for the small garment factory to determine the wage to be paid, per hour, it must calculate its fixed and variable costs and the total number of hours worked per month.

PRODUCTION TIME: developing the production sample (or prototype) is key to determine the average production time of each order. In order to do so, workers must track the time used to make each garment, in each stage/phase of the order.

Example: 

Product: pants

Ordered service: sewing

Price/hour of the small garment factory: BRL 16.50

Production time: 40 minutes

Fair price: BRL 11.00

Product: dress

Ordered service: cutting and sewing

Price/hour of the small garment factory: BRL 16.50

Production time: 1.5 hour

Fair price: BRL 24.75