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This Women's Day, I am fundraising to help former Devadasi women start independent businesses

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Story

Mahananda is one of 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.
Mahananda, however, escaped the system with support from MASS, our field partner. Now a 34-year single mother, she has started her own tailoring business, and is proud that her business will enable her two daughters to complete their education and embark on their own careers.
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 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.

Who we are helping

Bheemavva Yamanappa Belagali and Group
Surekha Madar
Sharda Venktapur
Mangal Mang
Sattevva Harijan and Group
Chitravva Gasti and Group
Vimalavva Harijan and Group
Arati Harijan and Group
Chandravva Khatedar and Group
$6,033
raised of $5,000 goal

31 Supporters

Supporters (31)

Pritika
Pritika lent US $250
over 4 years ago

This is a great cause and just something small from our side to help.

Rashmi
Rashmi lent US $250
over 4 years ago
Ruchika
Ruchika lent US $200
over 4 years ago

Way to go Divya...great effort on your part....thanks for involving us in something that could make a difference to a woman's life!!

Sonia
Sonia lent US $100
over 4 years ago
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nidhi lent US $100
over 4 years ago

A small token of help & lots of wishes. Wishing then success in their venture

Divya
Divya lent US $200
over 4 years ago

From Nandini - thank you!