Ever since reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide a few years ago, I have sought out ways to help women in this region of the world. I’ve given a Kiva loan to a woman. I’ve raised funds to build a school. I’ve read more about how I can help.
Since I wanted one of our family’s acts of kindness to benefit this same cause, I bought a tote bag made by Freeset, a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Calcutta’s sex trade. There is ample descriptive info on their website about how this community of women is the beginning of a transformation for Calcutta into a safe community. There’s even a DVD about the movement.
From the Freeset website:
Freeset exists specifically to provide freedom for women from the sex trade, women who were forced into prostitution by trafficking or poverty. These women didn’t choose their profession. It was chosen for them.
Now, they’re being offered a real choice. When they choose to work at Freeset, they can start new lives, regain dignity in their communities, and begin a journey towards healing and wholeness. All profits from Freeset in Kolkata benefit the women (salary, health insurance and retirement plan) and are used to grow the business. This means more women can be employed and experience freedom.
The great thing is, when you buy a Freeset product, you directly participate in a woman’s journey to freedom.
I’d love to send this canvas bag to one of you. Leave a comment below telling me about how you are incorporating kindness into your life and I’ll select one at random by Thursday and announce the winner here on Friday.
You can find past posts about kindness here.