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Gateway Update: Purchase complete!

Aug 10, 2015

Just a few minutes ago the purchase of the Gateway building was completed.


There have been delays over the past few weeks, but today the Freeset Business Incubator is the proud owner of property strategically located right at the entrance to Kolkata's largest red-light district - Sonagacchi.



The Freeset team has been working on the purchase of the building for around 2 years. Today's transfer of ownership is the result of months of hard work ensuring everything was "just right" to complete the purchase. The official signing and hand-­over of the ownership papers took place in a bedroom at the building today. As Kerry Hilton, one of Freeset's founders, watched the signing in progress he was both excited and exhausted, "It feels really good.”he said, I think I'll sleep for a week now."

A big thanks to all those who have worked hard helping us raise funds over the past few months and of course we are enormously grateful to all those who have given generously to make this all possible.

This 20,000 sq. ft. (2000 sq. m.) building that stands on Kolkata's Central Avenue is the gateway to Sonagacchi, one of the largest red-light districts in Asia where more than 10,000 women and young girls are trapped in the sex trade.

Freeset's dream is to see Sonagacchi transformed into a place of freedom. This strategically located building provides an ideal place to continue toward making that dream a reality. For all those who want to leave the trade, this building will be a beacon of hope, a place where they can begin taking their first steps to freedom.

For last 14 years, Freeset has provided a vocational alternative to the sex trade for at-risk and trafficked women in Kolkata. It is a business for freedom. Today, Freeset provides employment for nearly 200 women. With the purchase of this strategically located building, we can offer a choice of freedom to many more. The facilitation of new, sustainable freedom businesses and the provision of space for more social services are just two of the outcomes you can expect to see in the coming months and years.

Kerry is certain of one thing for the Gateway, "This place will be a place of freedom for many, if we're in this together." Thank you for journeying with us and believing in the freedom vision.

Learn more at freesetgateway.com