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Freeset bags survive plane crash!

Aug 29, 2013

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

Freeset USA, one of the many businesses impacted by the UPS cargo plane crash in Birmingham, AL. experienced a miracle on August 21, when UPS delivered a truckload of Freeset bags retrieved from the crash site. After some thorough checking by a small army of volunteers and a little drying out, an amazing 52% of the bags from the affected order were found to be in good enough condition to sell.

Freeset bags drying after being recovered from crash site
"'Nothing survives a plane crash,' said a UPS Rep. and he is right! What they brought to us was a miracle! No one believed any of it had survived, yet here it is!" states Kristi Griem, President of Freeset USA.

On August 14th, 2013, a UPS cargo plane crashed in Birmingham, AL, causing both pilots to lose their lives. Among the wreckage was over 13,000 Freeset products, all made by women who have come out of the sex trade in Calcutta, India, and now work with dignity making bags and t-shirts. The products were on their way to Freeset USA, which is headquartered in Birmingham.

Freeset USA's response was to reach out in support for the families of the pilots. On Thursday, August 15th, a Memorial Tee was released, available for sale on the Freeset website (USA only). All profits from the Memorial Tee's sales will go to the families of the pilots who died in the crash. "We want to support and love on the families of the pilots in any way we can." Griem states.

Freeset Bags & Apparel is a fair trade business that employs women out of the sex trade from Sonagacchi, one of the largest red light areas in Calcutta, India. The women employed are able to move from being the product sold, to making products to sell. Women work in dignity at Freeset and are taught reading and writing, provided with medical insurance, day care, a fair wage, and retirement benefits. Freeset USA, a non-profit business that sells Freeset products in the US.

Watch a CBS42 news story on the recovered bags: