Visiting Freeset in Kolkata, India, we saw firsthand how honourable employment opportunities are writing brighter futures for women once trapped in unimaginable poverty.
A certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization
(WFTO), Freeset was established in 2001 with a vision to serve the women of Sonagachi; Asia’s largest red-light district.
Welcomed into the Freeset family, the courageous women who make our t-shirts find a supportive community and vital resources like in-house child care, education, and counselling services.
“Every woman who finds freedom through Freeset also brings freedom to her family. She finds hope for a brighter future and the means to make it a reality.” ~ Freeset Global
These are the stories you're writing with every Author t-shirt purchased from The CHARACTER Collection.
Five sewing machines, a desire to provide dignified work for 10 hearing impaired girls and one determined Franciscan Sister; this was the humble beginning of our manufacturing partner Assisi Garments.
Now an internationally recognized, fair trade certified, fabric mill and garment manufacturer, Assisi provides 300+ honourable, living wage jobs in Southern India community of Avinashi.
A forerunner in social enterprise and sustainable business, Assisi Garments became one of India’s first companies to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification after committing to 100% organic cotton all the way back in 1997.
Beyond the life-changing impact created by their living-wage jobs, we love knowing Assisi Garments’ profits are used to support their community's most vulnerable members; funding schools for the blind and deaf, a care home for the elderly, an orphanage, a cancer hospital and programs for those with mental challenges, AIDS and leprosy.
It’s our pleasure to partner with Assisi Garments on our Author-original fabrics and designs found in the NOTEBOOK, PUNCTUATION and LIBRARY collections.
Great stories are being written around the world. In dusty African villages, rural Asian farming communities and North American inner-cities, courageous people are sacrificing comfort, personal financial gain, and sometimes safety to create honourable jobs and opportunities for those who need them most.
These are the people we’re excited to work with. If this is you, let’s chat.