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From Oppression to Opportunity -This Women's Day, I am fundraising to help former Devadasi women start independent businesses. Will you join me?

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There are an estimated 250,000 girls and women in southwestern India still dedicated to their local temple deities as "Devadasis" (meaning "servant of God"). This ancient and outlawed, yet still prevalent, practice originally gave Devadasis a comfortable life and high social standing, but began to be abused by the rich and powerful. Over the years, Devadasis were forced into prostitution to survive.
MASS is an organisation that provides financial support to former Devadasi women to start small businesses like tailoring, rearing livestock, and running small shops. These businesses help them pay their children’s school fees, generate a livelihood for their families, and save for their old age. Becoming entrepreneurs also offers their children a better future, helps integrate them back into society, and eventually break free of the vicious cycle of prostitution that most Devadasis are doomed to.
This year, I am joining Milaap and MASS, in raising funds for these courageous women who are determined to be financially independent, provide a better life for their children and lead a life of dignity. A request to my family and friends all over the world - please join me on this journey and help me with my goal of raising USD $2,000. The money you contribute in (USD or INR) is a loan, which will be returned to your credit card if you prefer, when our borrowers are ready to repay their loans or it can be used again for further loans via Milaap. So please, do support this cause! A small loan can indeed make a BIG BIG difference!
To view the profiles of the women I am supporting, please click on the links below:
https://milaap.org/borrower/2180-Sonavva%20Kamble%20and%20Group
https://milaap.org/borrower/2177-Adivevva%20Talawar%20and%20Group
http://milaap.org/borrower/2179-Yallavva%20Pujari%20and%20Group
http://milaap.org/fund/santavva-yandranvi-and-group/2001

Who we are helping

Sonavva Kamble and Group
Yallavva Pujari and Group
Adivevva Talawar and Group

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Indra
Indra lent Rs.3,300
Sripriya
Sripriya lent $100
Avantika
Avantika lent $200

Hi Ayesha, Here is my contribution. Do let me know which business this goes towards and how it progresses! Thanks

Vj
Vj lent $25
Tripta
Tripta lent $100

hey ayesha - good going..

Anuj
Anuj lent $200

Dear Ayesha, Please confirm my contribution to the project and let me know which specific project will be helped by this collective effort.