The Loyal Workshop
Meet the Loyal Workshop: Ethical Leather Satchels & Bags
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. Every product we create is part of a woman’s freedom journey. Thanks for your support.
Our artisans: are women from backgrounds of poverty, each with their own story of trauma and oppression: sold, stolen, trafficked and forced against their will into the sex trade. Without prospect of finding alternative employment, they were trapped. But still with dreams, talents and larger than life personalities. (You can read about each personality on ‘Meet the Artisans’)
We are smack-dab in the middle of bustling Kolkata, in an area called Bowbazar. Our workshop is perched on the edge of the second largest red-light area in Kolkata, where an estimated 1500-2000 women are still trapped in the sex trade.
New Zealand and India are about as opposite as can be. But we’ve found a home here. For a small country, there are a disproportionate number of kiwis in Kolkata. Historically there are special ties with New Zealanders sending people to serve in Kolkata, dating back as far as the 1800’s.