The Makery KC is a female-owned business. As moms, wives, business women and friends, we wholeheartedly believe in supporting other women and lifting each other up, not only as a gender but as a community of people wanting to make this world a kinder place. When we began this business, we knew an important foundational aspect would be to support, partner with and encourage other entrepreneurs and ventures that also believed in this mission.
One of the first products we wanted to offer customers were quality tote bags, hand stenciled with fun and relatable sayings. In our search to source quality totes, we came across a company called Freeset Global. Based out of Sonagacchi, the largest, most infamous sex district in Kolkata, India, Freeset provides a way for women who are brutally trafficked a way to escape and live a life without fear and violence. By providing jobs making these totes, they are afforded a livable wage, retirement plan and benefits. It not only allows them to be free from the sex trade, but also a way to support their families, and begin an end to the vicious cycle of poverty.
“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.
We were so moved by their mission to help and provide for impoverished women we immediately approached them to help us bring you quality totes.
Freeset Global is just the beginning of our quest to support female empowering businesses. So remember every time you purchase a tote from The Makery KC, you will empower. Empower a woman in another country, working hard to free herself from cultural restraints. Empower a local, female-owned small business to live out a dream of becoming a conscious and aware venture. And empower yourself knowing that kindness, generosity and commerce can truly have a chain effect around the globe.
We are excited about the road ahead.
To learn more about Freeset Global, visit this link to read their story and philosophy. We hope you will be as moved as we were!
Visit our shop on First Friday Weekends in Bella Patina to see our offering of totes you may purchase. Each month, we provide different, hand-stenciled items.