ATTENTION: THERE ARE 48 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!
Okay, now that is out of the way. I have traditionally not been a pre-black Friday Christmas shopper. I LOVE Fall, especially Thanksgiving– and I always bristle at Christmas decor, music and whathaveyou all over the place ten hours after Halloween commences.
However. Though I will continue to keep my music and decorations firmly put away until after Thanksgiving, I simply must start “shopping” earlier in the year. It just makes more sense that way, budget-wise and I love finding good deals and squirreling them away until Christmas.
I am inviting you on a little weekly virtual shopping journey with me for the next month or so. I plan to feature unique gift ideas, some of them will come from companies who also happen to have a particular mission which you would be contributing to; and some will just be fun businesses that I LOVE to support! We all love to give gifts, so why not give the gift of your business to the merchant as well as a lovely gift to the recipient?
FreeSet is in the business of training and equipping an entire community of women who were previously slaves to the sex trade in Kolkata, India. These women hand make these beautiful bags in this victorious business, and are set FREE from their previous lives of bondage.
“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.” (FreeSetGlobal.com)
The following 2 minute video will explain a bit more about their mission. Wait until you see the faces of some of these precious women!
Now for some pictures!!
I love the hand-braided shoulder straps on these Hope Bags!
They have many styles– some are perfect for Farmer’s Market Shopping, while others make a great cross-body bag for everyday use. FreeSet also does beautiful promotional materials. Our SWAG bags at DotMom were these Farmhouse Bags with the design from (in)courage.
FreeSet specializes in Cotton Bags as well as these made from Jute. There are braided bracelets made from recycled sari’s, key-chains, tablet cases– so many products to choose from. Check them out HERE!