Freeset has just celebrated being in business for 10 years! Of course, Freeset isn’t like a familiar business. Freeset is a business with a double bottom line. You may well ask what we mean. At Freeset, success isn’t just measured by turning a profit. Success is measured by lives changed and opportunities for Freedom offered. Profits are used to create more opportunities for freedom and women who have been trafficked are given genuine choices and chances in life. We’re a business with a difference!
Last year Freeset made 175,000 bags and 42,000 T-Shirts and now employs nearly 200 women. Many of these women have been trafficked and all exploited through prostitution with little freedom to change. Through the work of Freeset things are different and trafficked women how have choice.
We think the best way to celebrate 10 years is to hear the voices of those who have been at the heart of the journey – the wonderful women at Freeset…….
“The difference between the jobs offered by Freeset and any other jobs is the women in the line are considered totally untouchable to any other employer in our society. We are not even considered regular human beings. In contrast to that Freeset is providing identity to these women by offering them jobs. So Freeset is more about freedom than just a mere job.” -Mena
The day I got my first salary was the most memorable day of my life. That day I chose the path to freedom.” -Kundula
“When I was in line and when I used to get a lot of money (though irregularly), I never had any planning or had no intention of saving. But after working here and getting used to drawing a regular salary, I have learned how to keep a balance between things and how to save.” – Bebe
“Freeset is very significant to me. It is a place for freedom…..Freeset is for all the women in the line. This is the only place for their freedom. Whoever is not in the line can get a job anywhere but the women in line have no opportunity to get a decent job.” -Santosh
“I never look back to the life I had before. I am a free person now.” -Janat
“I wish all the women in line could get freedom by coming here. I want Freeset to grow more.”-Sandiya
“When we come to Freeset we feel like it is our family. I can’t wait to come to work when I’m at home.” -Mena