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Freeset Affected by UPS Plane Crash in Birmingham, AL

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.

UPS crash site

Instead of focusing on the financial loss that this poses, Freeset USA is currently working on an exclusively designed t-shirt, in which all the profits will benefit the two families of the pilots that lost their lives in the crash. Freeset USA represents Freeset Bags & Apparel, a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Calcultta, India’s sex trade. The products were a complete loss and represented an entire fall inventory for online sales, fair trade stores, and conference events.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the pilots that passed away in this tragedy,” says Kristi Griem, President of Freeset USA. “We seek to honor them and their families in the face of this loss. We also are thinking about the women at Freeset, who worked hard for 3 months to make the bags.”

Freeset is in business for freedom. Freedom from human trafficking. Freeset is a fair trade business and ministry that sells bags and t-shirts, made by women freed from human trafficking in Calcutta, India. The women are able to have a job with dignity, making products, instead of being the product. Every woman receives three times the wage they would receive in a regular job, learn to read and write, daycare for their children, have medical insurance and retirement benefits. Women were tricked, trapped, or traded and find themselves seemingly without a choice. Our goal is to change the economic scope of Sonagacchi, Calcutta's largest red light district, to one of freedom, instead of the sex trade.

You can buy the special Memorial tees in Freeset's online shop. (USA only)

Freeset USA has applied for their tax exempt status.