Hundreds of girls forced to work up to 14 hours a day in India's cigarette-rolling industry are looking to the future thanks to a new Plan programme to help them realise their rights.
In the town of Kadiri in Andhra Pradesh alone, hundreds of families have relied on cigarette – or beedi – rolling for generations. Almost all of the workers are women and many are young girls. They must roll at least 1,000 beedis per day to earn a paltry sum of less than 2 US$. The beedi manufacturers, however, make billions of dollars.
Photography/filming: Plan International / Davinder Kumer
Editing: Shanshan Chen
Design: Ye Li
Motion graphics: Amelia Wong
Creative direction: Claudine Boeglin
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