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Feb 18, 2017

When Janet Rogers first visited Murshidabad, what she saw altered her life in an unexpected way. 2014 went on to become a remarkable year not only for her, but also for the first 7 women who decided to weave a new path for freedom.



Feb 17, 2017
A letter from Tania Anderton about her family’s struggles but commitment to the freedom of the community.


Feb 17, 2017

Every new year brings hope for new beginnings and opportunities offering a better, prosperous future. With the vision of offering 10,000 women a choice to be free from the sex trade, Freeset continues to carry on its journey for freedom and hopes that 2017 will flourish with freedom spreading in all directions.



Dec 20, 2016
Freeset's NEW Child Labor Free certification leads to bigger plans offering vulnerable children, who are surrounded by slavery, a chance to experience the joy of being a child.


Dec 17, 2016
A family of traveling artists used art to inspire and transform the broken communities surrounding Freeset. A painted swallow brings an image of hope and protection for the women in Sonagacchi seeking freedom.


Dec 10, 2016
Tamar, an outreach branch of Freeset's Trust, expands its services beyond West Bengal to offer Nepali women a choice to make their dreams of experiencing freedom at home a reality. 


Nov 11, 2016
The once dominant strand of vulnerability for women in Murshidabad is now being interwoven with choice and opportunity at Freeset Fabrics. Lets find out how the woman there feel about it.


Oct 28, 2016
Co-founder Annie Hilton, even in midst of her busy schedule, found a few minutes to share with us her reflection on Freeset turning 15 years young.


Oct 3, 2016

After 9 months of relationship-building, a new freedom business helmed by an Indian couple has opened its doors in the town of Dhulian, Murshidabad. As of now, six courageous women have started their training with this Freeset Business Incubator initiative and together they will work to build freedom for more women.



Oct 3, 2016

It was a festive day. Around 300 people danced together celebrating 15 years of freedom! It was an occasion to remember the lives that have been transformed and the hope that has taken root as a result of this freedom business we call Freeset.



Aug 23, 2016
There’s never enough hours in the day to do all that could be done.But with 3 new social workers and a specialist capacity builder & trainer joining the Tamar team they can do more than they have ever done before.


Apr 15, 2016
By Kerrie Palma


Mar 29, 2016
There was much excitement around a recent fire safety training course. Many staff had their first chance to use a fire extinguisher which left them more confident that should they ever face an emergency situation, they would be better equipped to handle it.


Dec 30, 2015
A joyous celebration of freedom was on display at this year's Christmas party. Watch the video...


Dec 8, 2015
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" - Pablo Picasso.

Find out how Tamar (a work of the Freeset Trust) is using art therapy with the Freeset women.


Oct 16, 2015
The anticipation of the big holiday season is upon us here and it's got nothing to do with Christmas. In Kolkata it is the religious festival of Durga Puja that takes the spot light.


Sep 23, 2015
Book your place on the next three week Freedom Encounter beginning 6th – 26th January 2016.
To register, email:


Sep 17, 2015
The women of Freeset Bags & Apparel visited the Gateway building for the first time as we celebrated our 14th birthday this week. Check out the excitement as they explore the building and celebrate their freedom!


Aug 29, 2015
We’ve owned the Gateway building for 2 weeks and it’s already in use. Check out our latest video update to see how it's being used and how you can get involved.


Aug 20, 2015
I.D. cards help Freeset women feel honored and included as a part of society.


Aug 19, 2015
What is so special about sitting in an office and working on a computer? Priyanka of Freeset has a beautiful answer to that.


Aug 10, 2015
Just a few minutes ago the purchase of the Gateway building was completed.


Aug 1, 2015
The Gateway building purchase has again been delayed, but it is going to happen! Watch this space on August 10.


Jul 10, 2015
Tamar is partnering with a hostel to provide accommodation for boys so they can experience life outside of the red-light community while they study.


Jun 12, 2015
Children within the red light district are extremely vulnerable find out what Tamar is doing to support Freeset mothers with children aged 6 - 8 years old.


Jun 1, 2015
Counting down the US$2.3 million required to purchase a new building so we have space to offer freedom to more women in Kolkata. Can you help us?


May 29, 2015
Use your practical skills in a whole new way! Maintenance Supervisor job vacancy in Kolkata, India.


Apr 25, 2015
Freeset staff and buildings all OK after the April 25 Nepal quake was felt in Kolkata.


Nov 30, 2014
Two talented Freeset women share their thoughts as they take on new roles and new challenges within the business


Oct 13, 2014
More freedom is on offer as training begins in Murshidabad for new business


Aug 31, 2014
Arpita Das Barman joins Tamar and will provide group therapy sessions to all of our women


Jul 31, 2014
A recently completed survey of our staff revealed the joys and troubles of a life after the line


Jun 20, 2014
The facility on Masjid Bari Street houses another bag-sewing unit - more jobs for freedom on offer!


Jun 3, 2014
Kristi Griem resigns from Freeset USA. Changes are in process.


May 28, 2014
21 staff having thrice-weekly lessons with arrival of English teachers at Freeset


Mar 27, 2014
Whiteboards cover the walls as we look to increase production capacity; Deb Morris explains


Mar 27, 2014
An interview with Asha Scariya, a Kolkatan born and bred who joins Freeset as our new Product Developer


Mar 10, 2014
On February 17, production of Freeset bags began at Love Calcutta Arts, a fellow freedom business, under the terms of a new outsourcing agreement.


Feb 17, 2014
Two of the newest members of the Freeset family share their thoughts as they move from training into production


Feb 17, 2014
Departing head of training, Esme Meyer, considers the joys and the trials of walking with women from the line into a new life of freedom with a job at Freeset


Aug 29, 2013
Against the odds, half the shipment of Freeset bags on the UPS cargo plane that crashed have survived!


Aug 17, 2013
Yesterday the Freeset women learned of the UPS plane crash.


Aug 15, 2013
Freeset USA, a non-profit business that sells Freeset products in the US, lost over 13,000 bags with a retail value of $150,000, in yesterday’s plane crash in Birmingham, AL.


Jun 15, 2013
Are you looking for an exciting overseas opportunity? Do you have skills with design, writing, video production, web coding, or sales experience?


Mar 1, 2013
We're always excited when women begin training with us and we celebrate their achievement when they are ready to start work.


Nov 8, 2012
We celebrate trainees graduating into the workforce and learn more about the health problems faced by women at Freeset and how we can help them.


Aug 9, 2012
Trade of Innocents is a Hollywood action/drama, set against the very real backdrop of the of crime human trafficking and those working to fight it. You can make a difference in the fight to eradicate modern slavery, join our partners at Trade of Innocents and share the trailer for the film: http://bit.ly/M6zSyC.


Jun 3, 2012
In May, six new women took their first steps toward freedom as they started training at Freeset.


Apr 10, 2012
Freeset estimates that the cost to train a woman so she can experience freedom is around US$475. This amount helps provide training for sewing, reading and writing skills, as well as immediate medical treatment, and daycare for her children.


Sep 20, 2011
In September 2011, Freeset celebrated 10 years of being in business. This newsletter looks back on some of our history and casts an eye to the future.

Download the newsletter here. [6MB PDF]


Jun 14, 2011
Have you got design skills? Can you code websites with a bit of design thrown in? Do you have a passion to tell stories through video? We could have a job for you!


May 11, 2011
Staff learn to be better leaders :: Freeset picnic :: Thanks volunteers! :: New bags

Download PDF version of May Newsletter (2MB)


Dec 14, 2010
Another pay rise for the women :: Freeset celebrates 9 years :: A woman tells her story :: Volunteers :: Clean drinking water :: Researching new ways to help prevent trafficking

Download PDF version of Christmas Newsletter (1.5 MB)


Aug 28, 2010
The toilet block for the women sewing t-shirts is nearly complete, the new spiral fire escape has been installed and the new screen printing tables have arrived...



Aug 28, 2010
A fire in screen printing, new staff representatives elected, a 20% pay rise and more women in training...

Download the PDF version of the newsletter (1MB).


Jul 4, 2010
Freeset TEES featured on the front cover of Gaiam Living Spring 2010 issue!


May 27, 2010
No-one was hurt but there was some damage to the building in Thursday night's fire.



May 7, 2010
The renovations roll on... Enthusiastic volunteers have been braving the heat, painting walls and pouring concrete floors. Tees finally have their new office and a few parts of the building have required a bit more attention than originally expected...



Apr 6, 2010
What happens when the economic crisis meets the sex industry in Kolkata? Freeset welcomes more women on their journey toward freedom. Building renovations continue with the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Plus, the Meyers join the Freeset team.

Download April 2010 Newsletter [800KB PDF].


Feb 27, 2010
Check out the new promo video for Freeset. Learn more about the business and what a job at Freeset means for the women working here.



Jan 11, 2010
A new year means its time for a news update! 2009 had its ups and downs, but we are still here and 150 women and their families continue their journey to freedom.

Download Jan 2010 Newsletter (1MB Pdf)



Dec 6, 2009
What's in a name? Freeset Signature tees bring freedom.


Nov 6, 2009
We are making good progress with the renovation of Freeset's new building. The T-shirt production unit has moved in and the water filtration system has been installed. There is still plenty to be done...


Nov 4, 2009
Freeset's much loved gate-keeper has passed away.


Oct 6, 2009
On Monday of this last week Freeset Tees moved to our new building.

Check out the pictures!
Whew, we can finally breath. We grew out of our old room pretty quickly, so we are really excited to have a nice big space to make better tees and grow larger giving more women freedom.
We have a lot more work to be completed on the building, so if you are interested in helping or supporting us financially to make some of the repairs, email us at [email protected]


Jul 31, 2009
A progress report on the renovations to the new Freeset building. The plastering is complete in the two rooms designated for the Tee shirt production unit...


Jun 30, 2009
Check out our video tour of the new building. Learn how it will be used to help more women experience freedom from the sex trade.


Jun 25, 2009
It's been a long time coming, but after much effort negotiating various hurdles, Freeset has finally completed the purchase of a new building to complement our existing property.


May 30, 2009
Starting in the month of June Freeset will be training 15 new women in bags and 10 women in tees.


May 9, 2009
World Fair Trade Day 9 May 2009 at Freeset was celebrated with a Fair Trade Coffee Breakfast of 80 women and 40 kids.


Mar 31, 2009
Late March, Kelsea represented Freeset at the 2009 Fair Trade Federation Conference.


Mar 26, 2009
Last month we lost one of our dear friends after a long battle with illness.


Feb 10, 2009

Getting tees on the road to success.


Dec 24, 2008
In our Kolkata neighbourhood silent, holy nights are an impossibility and most people have never seen snow let alone a white Christmas. The cattle are not lowing, they're roaming because that's what they do, and there's plenty of crying hungry babies born to homeless mums (moms) on the street. It seems this might be a little more like the world Jesus was born into than the one we sing about in our Christmas carols.


Dec 4, 2008
Freeset continues to grow and change, tackling new projects and hiring new women.