About Leah Borromeo

Leah Borromeo is a journalist and filmmaker with over a decade’s experience in television news. Currently directing and presenting The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold, a feature film on Indian cotton farmer suicides and fashion, connecting the clothing supply chain from seed to shop.

Suicide – The only way out of debt?

Kantibai's husband died after drinking the chemicals he used to farm with. After his death Kantibai discovered her family was in debt. This has become a familiar story in India where nearly 300,000 farmers killed themselves to get out of debt between 1995 and 2011. In the state of Maharashtra alone, 4,453 people committed suicide in 2006. That’s around one every eight hours. As I’m writing this, I hear of seven farmers … more