Carry hope with these organic tote bags handmade by women rescued from human trafficking in Kolkata, India. Each tote tells the story of the journey to freedom. The women of Freeset gain dignity by earning a living wage and becoming literate.
- 100% organic cotton
- 15.5" W x 14" H x 4.5" D (39.4 x 35.5 x 11.4 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
Made by: Freeset
Freeset is located in Sonagacchi, the largest and most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India. Within a few square miles, more than 10,000 women (mostly trafficked) stand in line selling their bodies to thousands of men who visit daily. Freeset works with over 190 women to set them free from the sex trade through their fair trade business offering employment, safety, and dignity. Their goal is to see the 10,000 sex workers in their neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving the profession they never chose in the first place.
Freeset makes quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, teaching unskilled women to sew at a quality acceptable for the export market. Some could barely use a pair of scissors and in those early days the average daily output was less than two bags each. These problems have been overcome with training, a lot of patience and quality control systems. While many of the women are still not the fastest sewers, the business now produces around 1000 bags a day.
Handmade by women rescued from sex traffickers in Kolkata, each tee tells the story of their journey to freedom. These women artisans earn a living wage and have the opportunity to become literate. They lead by example, becoming role models for their daughters and breaking the cycle of poverty. Every woman who finds freedom through Freeset also brings freedom to her family. They find hope for a brighter future and the means to make it a reality. As the business has grown, a positive community has emerged calling itself the "Freeset family.” This family not only supports its own members, but impacts on the wider community. The common understanding is "we're in this together".