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Behind the Scenes of your Basha Kantha Blanket

Ever wonder how your kantha blanket was made? Check out this video from Basha Boutique as they take you through the process from sari to blanket. We hope this video helps you appreciate the high quality of care that is taken by the team at Basha. ...

September 30, 2019

Mystery Boxes

We have been spring cleaning! Got some great end of line products to clear. We have made up some Mystery Boxes that are filled with undamaged, end line products from current and past Marketplacers partners. All products have been discounted by over  50%. Treat yourself to a surprise! VIEW THE FULL SELECTION HERE...

September 26, 2019

Shared Transformation

Lou and her family are Kiwi’s who spent two years with the team at The Loyal Workshop. Below is a reflection Lou wrote shortly before leaving South Asia. It is 9am and I’m sitting in the office of the workshop, tucked away in the lanes of Bowbazar. It is humid today, with monsoon rains likely to fall later. The damp air holds the scents of cooking spices, jasmine flower garlands used for prayer rituals, and the smell of cheap spirits distilled next door. Through the window’s open shutters ...

September 2, 2019

Bringing change to the Nepali community of Sonagacchi

Jaya* has witnessed many transformations within the Sonagacchi area. Most recently, she is excited by the changes she is seeing within Sonagacchi’s Nepali community. These changes have happened thanks to a Freeset Social Worker, Aisha*, who gathered together 7/8 Nepali girls and began to teach them a basic education of English, mathematics, Hindi etc. She also teaches drawing, crafting, singing and dancing.  It was not easy for Aisha to start this process however. As Aisha knew the Nepal...

August 5, 2019

Asha Rising

I came here many years ago from Murshidabad. My family was poor- my father worked as a daily labourer and my mother was a house-maker. I am the eldest of six siblings. When my father became older and grew sick our family became poorer. As the eldest daughter, I thought I should get a job to help the family. In search of work, I came to Kolkata and started work as a domestic helper, but I gradually realized the amount I was sending was not sufficient to bring up my brothers and sisters. To earn m...

July 29, 2019

Welcome Helen!

We have a new Sales and Admin Manager here at Marketplacers! Helen Futter joined the team earlier this month and is already putting her knowledge and experience to good use. Helen will be working 20 hours a week, and can be contacted on 09 526 6363 or [email protected] Want to know a bit more about Helen?Origins: Otamauri – a small spot in Hawkes Bay, inland from Hastings  but having lived in Whakatane for 20plus years I now consider this homeHobbies: watching DIY shows and hoping...

July 15, 2019

Plastic Free Solutions

Needing a plastic free solution for your next trip to the supermarket? Marketplacers have the answer! We have 3 pack Cotton produce bags, and cotton/jute shopping bags in stock. Inside our pack of cotton produce bags you will find 1x small, 1x medium and 1x large bags made of loose weave, light weight cotton with a cotton drawstring. These bags have been lovingly manufactured by the women at Love Calcutta Arts in India. Get rid of the plastic in your life and check out our online store for many...

July 8, 2019

Men’s Woolen Scarves Sale $20

Winter is here, and these woolen scarves will do just the trick if you are looking to be warm and toasty. Specifications: Material: 60% wool and 40% cottonColour’s available: Blue/White or Black/whiteSize: 216cm x 55cm (incl. tassels)Handwoven with hand twisted fringe These scarves are made in buildings renovated by Kiwi and Indian teams working side by side. Old picture theatres were transformed into manufacturing units with looms, light and laughter. Women making these scarves received fair ...

June 27, 2019

Balika's Story - Her Journey To Freedom

Article taken from www.freesetglobal.com Balika sends a special message to people around the world who are friends and supporters of Freeset: “Now that I have this work with Freeset, there is a better future for me and my family.” Balika lives in a village not far from Freeset Fabrics, having moved from the village where she grew up when she was married at the age of 13. Until recently, she had no choice in her life, which was full of struggle and pain. Her father was a farm labourer and her...

May 6, 2019

All about Basha

One of the ethical businesses that Marketplacers works with closely is Basha Boutique.  Basha Boutique is a business based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Robin Seyfert the founder of Basha, chatted with the team at The Décologist about why Basha exists and what they hope to achieve. This is a fantastic interview that showcases the wonderful impact that Basha has not only on the women themselves, but also for their children and families. Throughout the interview Robin walks the listener through the...

April 30, 2019

Woman’s Day Conversation

By Paul (This story was originally published by The Loyal Workshop and is republished with permission).We figured there was no better way to highlight women’s rights, equality and justice within our own community than by bringing together The Loyal Workshop’s women in a round table discussion. We gathered in the uppermost room at the workshop where they shared from their own experiences and perspective about what it’s like to be a woman in Kolkata, India. Here’s what they had to say in t...

April 8, 2019

A Glimpse Of Morning

It’s 9am and the sun is already high in the sky, stirring up life in the alleyways, releasing the many odours of the earth. Outside the front gate at number 172, a woman crouches over a bamboo stick, curved blade in hand, shaving off impossibly thin slices then splitting each of these into dozens of skewers. Two roosters peck through the breakfast scraps in the gutter and a man passes by with a push-cart full of golden mangoes. In the alley opposite the three-story Freeset building, a small ch...

January 23, 2019

Making Of The Produce Bags

In this video Love Calcutta Arts shows us the process of making of our popular Produce Bags.Purchase Your Produce Bags Here....

September 17, 2018

Get To Know Love Calcutta Arts

Here is a video from LCA in which we learn more about who they are and what they do. You can view the full range of LCA products here....

September 10, 2018

New Shipment Arrived

Our popular Produce Bags have been produced by Love Calcutta Arts – one of our partner businesses working in a poor area of Calcutta. These beautiful women have found freedom and dignity by coming out of the sex trade to join a business who cares. They learn not only a skill that gives them an opportunity to earn their living, but they join a family who support and acknowledge them as artisans, free to make their own choices. In order to help the business grow Love Calcutta Arts are now produc...

August 28, 2018

The Story of the Cha Cup

The story of how something used and discarded can be transformed into something of great beauty and worth. Watch the video below. Freeset has also published a story about the Cha Cup on their website which is well worth reading as well.  Read the story here. ...

July 16, 2018

We have A New Website!

Welcome to our new Marketplacers website! Feel free to have a look around! We’re very excited about our new site and have made some changes and upgrades to improve your shopping experience. Keep an eye on the main page for our latest news and discounts. Please re-register on our new platform and stay up to date with our latest offers and updates from the Freedom Businesses we support. Our products are ethically-sourced and hand-made by local women in West Bengal who were once trapped in slaver...

July 3, 2018

Freeset gets ‘A+’ in the 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide

Through our Freedom Businesses project, Marketplacers, in conjunction with Banzaid supports the expansion of our Freeset programme in West Bengal. Freeset bags, tee shirts, scarves and other products sold in New Zealand provide employment for women in West Bengal. The 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide has ranked Freeset at # 4 out of 114 New Zealand and Australian companies surveyed. This is a recognition of the high standards that are in place for Freeset staff. The Ethical Fashion Guide ra...

June 25, 2018

About - The Loyal Workshop

The Loyal Workshop was founded to provide an opportunity for freedom. Modern day slavery is a phenomenon that we are not prepared to be apathetic about. We believe that another world is possible; a world where sex slavery is relegated to the history books. It’s a brazen dream but we’re putting it into action in one city, in one red-light community, with one woman at a time. We believe that business can be a tool to bring freedom to those trapped in slavery. Our business IS about freedom. Eve...

June 19, 2018

About - Love Calcutta Arts

In the heart of what used to be called the City of Joy is a place of  despair. It is a community characterised by poverty and pain, where most have few choices and little hope of change. It houses one of the  largest red light districts in the country, where thousands of women are forced into prostitution by poverty and slavery. Some are victims of  trafficking, some are victims of circumstance, but all are there because the choice of something better has been taken from them. Man...

June 19, 2018

About - LatitudeSix Coffee

Coffee grown in the highlands of Papua New Guinea is considered some of the best around. Latitude Six is coffee for communities. We recognise that whether  having a cup with friends, meeting people at a local café or chatting in the break room at work, a cup of coffee goes a long way to creating  that sense of belonging together. This range of coffee uses 100% high altitude Arabica beans.  Hand-picked and sun dried, the beans have been certified organic by  NASAA (National A...

June 19, 2018

About - Basha

Basha’s vision is to continue to grow as  long as there are women in Bangladesh in need of dignified work. Basha  dreams of a day when women are not at risk of exploitation and don't  live in fear. Basha exists to provide secure employment for women at risk and  survivors of trafficking. Each woman’s story varies, but for each her  circumstances have put her at high risk of harm or resulted in her  exploitation. We work with employees’ children too, ensuring t...

June 19, 2018

Custom Bags

We offer a menu of standard bag options to meet a wide variety of needs.  From conferences to fundraisers to corporate gifts there's something for everyone. Get started by choosing one of Freeset standard bags, select your colour  scheme, add or subtract features as desired and send us the artwork you  want printed on the bags. It is as simple as that! To see the full range of bags, colours and materials, download the Freeset custom bag catalogue. When you are ready to order, down...

June 18, 2018

About - Freeset

In 1999 a family from New Zealand moved to Kolkata to work and live  amongst the poor, moving into an apartment in the heart of one of the largest red light areas in the city. They joined several other Kiwis working there, looking for an opportunity to help their new neighbours - thousands of women forced into prostitution by trafficking and poverty. To make a difference that would bring real freedom for these women,  they began to understand there needed to be a business alternative.&...

June 18, 2018

I Made This!

A short video showcasing the hand crafted manufacturing process of the Loyal Workshops Leather products....

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