Impulsion is a small factory based in Delhi. Factory owner and manager Irfan has been working in the garment industry for 30 years - after years honing his skills and knowledge working long hours in various garment factories, he set up Impulsion 10 years ago and has gone from strength to strength.
Many of Irfan’s employees joined him from previous roles, and they have a great working relationship based on trust, respect and loyalty. Impulsion employees are placed on a pension scheme after 6 months of service and everyone enjoys at least 24 days paid holiday annually. Lunch is provided and if overtime is requested, dinner and transport home is always included. As a Muslim Irfan also pays Zakat, an annual payment calculated by income which is made by Muslims to support those most in need. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is a key part of the Islamic faith.
Impulsion is Sedex certified, providing complete transparency on labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.
Impulsion specialises in printing and sourcing traditional handloom and textured cotton woven fabrics.
"Nomads has helped me to survive in recent years. Their system is good, and I never have any problems getting paid. Nomads is my safest, most honest buyer, who I love to work for - I am very comfortable with Vicky. I can discuss the price and quality very easily. I like to do the difficult things with challenging fabrics and construction that other factories cannot do!" - Irfan
Mohammed Aktar (58) – Sampling Tailor
I was born in Calcutta and began stitching when I was 11 or 12 years old for my father’s family business. Back then we children would have to help out whenever we could. I moved to Delhi in 1984 because I was fascinated by what I had heard about the city and that I could earn more there as a tailor. I eventually got a job working at a big company who had many contracts with English brands like Monsoon and Debenhams among others. That is where I met my current boss Mr. Irfan who was my production manager. He left to make his own company about 9 years ago and he invited me to work for him. He offered me more money for the same job so it was an easy decision!
I work as a sampling tailor and sometimes in production when needed. I live in Salabur Noida which is only 3km from the factory in rented accommodation. I live on my own but I go home to Calcutta for 3 or 4 months a year where I see my family and relax with them. I am happy with my pay, which includes ESA and Pension contributions and I have opportunities to earn extra income from overtime during the busy periods. I generally work 8 hours a day 6 days a week. I get paid double rate if I work on Sundays, although the factory is usually closed that day. On top of this, I get 24 days paid leave every year.
I like working here and I like the job I do. I do not really want any more responsibilities as I just enjoy making samples which can be quite challenging. If I make any mistakes, no-one shouts at me - We work together to try to work out the best way to make it! If I have any problem I just talk to Mr. Irfan. He has known me for so long, I would do anything for him.
Mohammed Arzzak (57) – Pattern Master
I was born in Etwah, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, and I am from a long line of Tailors going back to my great grandfather. I learned to sew at home on an old Pedal Singer Hawker, you know those old-fashioned black machines! I was taught how to make and change patterns from an early age. We would make clothes for single clients back then.
I came to Delhi in 1978 and started working as an assistant to a Pattern Master. I met Mr. Irfan 31 years ago when he was my production manager working for a big export factory, I came with him when he formed his own company 9 years ago and he made me his Pattern Master which I have been doing ever since. I live in Sangar Vihar on the other side of Delhi which is 27 km away and takes one and half hours to get here. I have 3 boys and 2 girls who are all still studying except for my first son who has a job in a garment factory.
I am happy with my pay and I get a pay review every 2 years which is good because inflation is very high here. I work 8 hours a day for 6 days a week and get Sunday off with my family. I also get 24 days paid leave every year and pension fund contributions.
I enjoy my senior position and my communication with Mr. Irfan is very good - I cannot think of anything bad about working here.