New Zealand and India are about as opposite as can be. But Tauranga couple Sarah and Paul Beisly not only created a home there with their two children, they created a freedom movement called The Loyal Workshop. The workshop is smack-dab in the middle of bustling Kolkata and a minutes walk from the second largest red light district in the area, where an estimated 1500-2000 women are still trapped in the sex trade.
With a group of volunteer Kiwi’s they give hope to local women seeking to escape the sex trade by providing training and employment in creating one of a kind leather goods from their workshop.
The artisans creating these beautiful and contemporary leather goods are women from backgrounds of poverty, each with their own story of trauma, oppression and hope. The Loyal Workshop provides alternative employment, a safe and caring workplace, and the chance to start a new life, one of their own choosing.
We are grateful to play a part in this project and become advocates for the women who make these satchels, women with dreams, talents and larger than life personalities. The name of the woman who created each bag can be found engraved on the inside pocket. By purchasing these products you not only provide yourself with a beautifully crafted and very practical item, but you help that very woman who's name is etched in your bag find freedom one stitch at a time.
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"We believe that business can be a tool to bring freedom to those trapped in slavery. Our business IS about freedom. Every product we create is part of a woman’s freedom journey. The foundation of our business is people. These women are fast becoming loyal friends. They have complex lives full of abuse, poverty and oppression. To help them untangle themselves from oppressive situations takes time. And we’re not in any hurry. This business exists for them." Sarah and Paul Beisly.