Analysis of Emotional Wellness

Workers are limited to forty hours per week of work and have weekends free which allows them to rest and recover their energy. Unlike many seamstresses and tailoring shops in Ghana that have long hours and require workers to come to the shop six or seven days per week without holidays, the workshop provides time for workers to have a life outside of work. As the seamstress said, “Because of the weekend, I can go to my house and rest then.” The cloth-maker added that “after work, I can relax a bit and sleep to regain energy for the next day.” manager laughed about the idea of stress, acknowledging that “sometimes, I feel very tired” before adding that “I really want to be busy because I need a job to sustain myself.”

Workers describe an improved relationship with family members and lessened stress about meeting family member’s needs. Workers with children describe a core motivation for their work as being able to care for their children and send them to school. The cloth-maker eagerly anticipated the completion of her course so that she “can also start something, so [she] can get more money to take care of [her] kids.” The manager also cited the ability to pay for her kids’ school fees as a personal achievement. The tailor commented that despite the work, he still has sufficient time for his family, sharing that “the most important in my life are my wife and children, but the time that I close from here [and return home], the relationship is the same."