Set Free Alliance

Impact Report on Trade not Aid

Program activities
Set Free Alliance provides age­ appropriate vocational training to children rescued from slavery in India. Students choose to study tailoring, carpentry, plumbing, or electrical work. Students learn skills crucial to financial independence as adults.



$1,000 enables a formerly enslaved child to obtain vocational certification.


Set Free Alliance collected data on outcomes of participants after the program. To estimate the change that was attributable to the program, Set Free Alliance made an educated guess as to how participants would have fared without the program.

Data source
Partners in India used employer data and voluntary graduate reporting to formulate these graduation numbers. The Alliance is in regular communication with the graduates because most give back to support the other rescued kids currently in our care.

Attribution method
Few programs cater training to kids rescued from slavery like Trade Not Aid. The uniqueness of the program means they are primarily responsible for the results. It is very unlikely these kids would have received anything similar without the program.

This report was created by the Set Free Alliance with self­-reported data using ImpactMatters' impact reporting platform. This report covers January 2013 to October 2018.

Elijah Goldberg