Burmese workers have been an integral part of the workforce in Thailand since the last few decades. In Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, they are like worker ants that help driving local businesses. In this photo story, I documented lives of Burmese migrant workers living in a small community amidst the labyrinth of Yaowarat. Leaving their families and friends behind, they come to Thailand with a suitcase full of hope for work and money to send home. Due to limited education background and language barriers, most of them end up doing low-skilled labor jobs, especially at Sampheng Market, a wholesale marketplace for clothes and accessories that runs from 1 – 8 a.m. Being paid a minimum wage, which is nevertheless much higher than what they earn in their home country, they have to share apartments and meals with friends from the same villages.
Obviously, it is not an easy life. But they come here with the same goals: jobs and money. They all share the same hope for a better future, not only for themselves but also their families.