Lesotho has one of the lowest human development index ratings in the world and poverty is widespread.
Many Basuto are employed in the garment production industry, which is dominated by foreign brands from the US. This makes Lesotho the largest exporter of garments from Africa to the United States. Diamonds also play a large role in Lesotho’s economy.
Workers in Lesotho face widespread issues ranging from informal and borderline indentured work all the way to child labour. Despite the huge opportunities to leverage an increasingly skilled and literate workforce, foreign investors must approach Lesotho with caution from an ethical standpoint.