Amrit's Women's Day fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
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Help a former Devadasi women, made a child prostitute, stripped of dignity for life. Give her a second lease, help her start independent business.



Hello Dear friends!
I’m fundraising on Milaap to help empower previously trafficked Devadasi women become independent through business.
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.
See how a Milaap loan has helped an ex-Devadasi escape the system:
How you can help?
Do not give them a donation but a loan. Yes, its true! your contribution is a loan which will be repaid in the next 12-24 months. The money will be credited back to you as monthly installments.
The past experience of this NGO working on this cause is that it is only in rare cases that these strong women are unable to repay back the loan. So be rest assured. These women when given back their dignity, do everything in their power to never lose it.
So please help.
Why am I supporting this cause?
Imagine a child or yourself being of 8 or 9 years sexually abused.
What must be the horrors of that child? And then continued to be abused most of her adult life thinking this is her life.
With the help of these NGO's they have escaped the clutches of this illegal system. For once, they must be hopeful that they too can start their life all over again. The mental degradation that they have faced their entire life has stripped them of self dignity.
Knowing how it is to lead a life of dignity, I want to do everything in my power to help them to be at peace in some way. And that strts with all of us not lending but loaning them some money.
By providing these women with a loan to start their own business, we are giving them the opportunity to escape the system once and for all! The impact doesn’t stop there –it helps keep their children out of prostitution and creates new jobs in the communities.
How does it work?
a. Devadasi-led businesses will be supported through this campaign. You’ll receive repayment updates every month, as your borrowers pay their installments. For more details on repayment, you can follow this link: questions
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Who we are helping

Bheemavva Yamanappa Belagali and Group
Indravva Tavansi and Group
Sundravva Kamble and Group
Lakkavva Mang and Group
Sattevva Taikar and Group
$2,133 raised

Goal: $2,000

Supporters (8)

Tarsadia Foundation lent US $400

Matching payment towards Sujatha’s contribution

Sujatha lent US $200
Tarsadia Foundation lent Rs.5,000

Matching payment towards Kavitha’s contribution

Kavitha lent Rs.2,500
Su-chzeng lent US $300
Sourabh lent Rs.500

Proud of you Amrit!