Jacqui's online fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
This is a supporting campaign. Contributions made to this campaign will go towards the main campaign.

I am fundraising to help ex-Devadasi women start independent businesses


Harro friends :)
Imagine if you could help a women start her own business, simply by lending her enough funds to get started, and once the business is up and running, she can pay you back! That's essentially how Milaap (micro-finance) operates.
This International Women’s Day, I’m fundraising loans on Milaap to help empower previously trafficked Devadasi women become independent through business.
What I need to do this, is people who can lend to this campaign, and help spread the word!
Decide how much you want to give to the Devadasi-led businesses I'm supporting, donate, and then every month you’ll receive repayment updates, as your borrowers pay their iinstalments. Cool huh?
A bit of background: What is the Devadasi system?
An ancient practice in India, the Devadasi (meaning: ‘servant of God’) system
involved dedicating a girl (as young as 5-6 years of age) to the temple Goddess.
This meant that she would spend her entire life serving the temple and was not
allowed to marry anyone else. Rich and powerful men in these communities abused the system and they began to force the young Devadasis to sleep with them.
Over the years, the Devadasis were reduced to being incorrectly termed 'temple
prostitutes'. This merciless practice, though illegal and outlawed, still exists in
certain small towns of India and its stigma continues to cling to the women who
attempt an escape. Because of the social stigma around their roles, employment
opportunities are denied to them. They are not even respected by their own family – and sometimes, their family members are responsible for selling them to a pimp to overcome a family crisis. It is a vicious cycle where the children of Devadasis are drawn into this ruthless system too.
How does it work on the ground?
Milaap has partnered with MASS as their community partner. MASS is a reputed NGO that works to rehabilitate Devadasi women when they manage to escape from the system. They do this by forming Self Help Groups (groups of 5 – 15) and training them in livelihood activities. Right now, the women are involved in a range of activities that include tailoring and buffalo rearing, mom n pop stores, basket weaving and fabric printing to name a few.
In order to carry on their business, they need a certain amount of money as start-up capital (raw materials, machinery etc). Milaap’s loans help them gain access to raw materials so that they are able to grow their businesses and gain stable income. Not only are they independent, they are able to ensure a good future for their children.
Just go to: http://milaap.org/faq/top-questions
C'mon ladies, help these women out and give them a chance to break free from poverty.
Much love,

Who we are helping

Kasturi Kamble and Group
$430 raised

Goal: $1,000

Supporters (12)

Linda lent $50
Kristina lent $25
nacho lent $30
Abby lent $25
Nadia lent $25
Benj lent $50