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We are fundraising to lend a helping hand and bring hope to oppressed Indian Women so they can become successful entrepreneurs

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Devadasis are women in India who are dedicated to the service of a god. They are often called “the sacred prostitutes of India.” It is estimated that currently 250,000 lower-caste women are living as Devadasis. Economic necessity / poverty is keeping this system alive.

Mahananda is a 34-year-old survivor of the Devadasi system. This ancient practice involved dedicating a girl, as young as 5-6 years of age, to the temple Goddess. She would spend her life serving the temple and was not allowed to marry anyone. The system was abused by the rich and powerful who forced young Devadasis to sleep with them. Mahananda escaped from the system with support from MASS, our field partner. A single mother, she started a tailoring business of her own ,ensured that her two daughters get a good education and is truly empowered.

MASS provides financial support to former Devadasi women like Mahananda to start small businesses like tailoring, rearing livestock, and running small shops. These businesses help pay their children’s school fees, save for their old age, and generate jobs for their families. Education and a secure environment will offer their children a better future, help them integrate back into society, and eventually break the vicious cycle of the merciless Devadasi practice. It is estimated that currently 250,000 lower-caste women are living as Devadasis. Economic necessity / poverty is keeping this system alive.

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. This year, the theme is "Inspiring Change." As we celebrate the 106th annual International Women’s Day, please join me in inspiring positive change by helping ex-devadasi women to step up, embrace progress and lead a respectable life.

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Renuka Talawar and Group
Yallavva Madar and Group
Shobha Ingalganv and Group

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