Over the past 2 decades, textile and apparel businesses run by overseas Vietnamese in Russia have generated jobs for many Vietnamese. There are currently 200 textile manufacturing facilities, employing more than 10,000 people.
Do Van Tien’s workshop in Sarlanter, in Vladimir province (about 200 km from Moscow), was established in 2009 and now employs 65 Vietnamese workers. Tien’s facility specialises in manufacturing sports clothes under the brand Sarlanter and has seen steady profits.
Tien said "We’ve done our best to ensure a good working and living environment for our workers. We even reserve time for our workers to play sports, learn communications skills, and entertain themselves by exploring local areas, in the hope that they will have good memories of their working time here and will persuade others to work for us when they finish their contract."
Le Thi Thuy Trang from Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province is in her fourth year of working at Mr. Tien’s facility. Trang told us she earns US$700 a month and is provided with free meals. She plans to extend her contract for another 3 years.
Do Van Tien also employs 4 Russian people to help him deal with all the legal and financial paper work.
There are 30 textile workshops run by overseas Vietnamese in Vladimir province. Such facilities can also be found in neighbouring provinces and other big cities of Russia, employing dozens or hundreds of workers.