Indian- Day 7
We continued down the road and called into the All Bengal Women's Union, which not only houses some of the girls who have been saved from being trafficked, but also has a restaurant which serves a delicious full meal for an extremely reasonable price ($5 a head!!). We rested in the cool of the building, ate to our heart's content and then went to visit their shop. Many of us bought beautiful hand sewn or crafted items.
By this time the streets of Kolkata were in full frenzy. Grabbing a cab was not so easy, but eventually we found 2 that were willing to take the 10 of us back to our hotel. We offloaded our purchases and then met Paul who led us to his leather goods business called "The Loyal Workshop" which he runs with his wife, Sarah. Like Freeset they train girls saved from prostitution, but instead they make leather articles of export quality. They have a website through which they sell their beautiful designs made from Free Trade leather.
Before we knew it, it was time to brave the traffic to get out to the airport. The bus that took us squashed all our bags and us into it, and there wasn't any room to spare! Karen and Meena told us about the beautiful conditions awaiting us in Delhi which made it possible for us to endure the cramped conditions on a hot and humid afternoon.
Sure enough Delhi was very different from Kolkata, and we were greeted with a marigold garland each and a small bottle of cold water. Our hotel was gorgeous, with proper showers, beds and pillows. We freshened up and flopped into bed.