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Support the daily vendors from small town Karnataka

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Shanta grew up conditioned to most norms of the patriarchal society. For one, she knew that men worked outdoors while women worked indoor. It was the time when she was a mother of four daughters and her husband told her to make their youngest daughter a Devdasi in order to please God and be blessed by a son. Shanta knew that by making her daughter a Devdasi, she will become "dedicated" to worship and serve a deity or a temple for the rest of her life.

That day she didn't say much but left the house along with her daughters and came to her native village where she had her own land. She worked day and night to make her land productive as soon as possible and grow bananas and other fruits to sell.Every second counted as she was outside, along with her daughters and had no support. But the struggles never made Shanta feel as weak as her silence about social issues did. She struggled day and night to provide her daughters with education.

Now, with the covid outbreak and subsequent safety measures taken to curb it's spread, Shanta and other strong rural women entrepreneurs under MASS foundation are in a tight spot. Mahila Abhivruddi Mattu Samrakshana Samsthe (MASS), located in Belgaum, Karnataka, has been working for the welfare of Dalit women, specifically ex-devadasi women and their children since 1997. Many of these women own small fruit stalls and make a small but independent living with it.

Under the present circumstances, these businesses, completely dependent on foot traffic are worst-hit. They are suffering wastage of existing stock due to a reduced demand, and are being forced to use up reserves for immediate basic needs.

They are in desperate need of support to sustain themselves and keep alive the business which is a life-line for their entire community.

Communities like these are facing grave losses to their livelihoods and the situation can push them to the wrong side of the poverty line if not acted upon immediately. You can help 100 fruit vendors like Shanta by making a contribution to Milaap's Small Businesses Relief Fund. Milaap will take complete onus of beneficiary identification and execution. We will be posting weekly updates, and highlighting stories of grant recipients so that you can see the direct impact of your donation.

A small grant could be more than just a temporary solution for these businesses. It can actually help them get back on their feet and translate to a stable source of livelihood for even multiple families relying on the same business

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11th June 2020
Dear Donors,

Thank you for all the support!

Here's some additional context to the update shared earlier on activities thus far.

With the lockdown being lifted in most parts, our local field officers went and physically met the micro-entrepreneurs to better understand the gaps.
They realized that though they had the relevant permission to operate, there were few observations that stood out.  Some of the business owners, especially daily vegetable and fruit vendors in town markets were worried about contracting the disease if they ventured out, based on the media reports they were hearing. They also lacked meeting basic safety requirements  (like having a couple of masks, soaps, disinfectant to clean their carts, baskets, etc)  After educating them on the safety and hygiene practices, partners used a small portion of the funds to procure locally and distribute some masks to each of such micro-entrepreneurs. Some ration and groceries were also provided to assure them of basic safety nets while they go about resuming their business.

Looking forward to your continued support!
Dear Donors,

Thank you for all the support!

Here's some additional context to the update shared earlier on activities thus far.

With the lockdown being lifted in most parts, our local field officers went and physically met the micro-entrepreneurs to better understand the gaps.
They realized that though they had the relevant permission to operate, there were few observations that stood out.  Some of the business owners, especially daily vegetable and fruit vendors in town markets were worried about contracting the disease if they ventured out, based on the media reports they were hearing. They also lacked meeting basic safety requirements  (like having a couple of masks, soaps, disinfectant to clean their carts, baskets, etc)  After educating them on the safety and hygiene practices, partners used a small portion of the funds to procure locally and distribute some masks to each of such micro-entrepreneurs. Some ration and groceries were also provided to assure them of basic safety nets while they go about resuming their business.

Looking forward to your continued support!
19th May 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your support. Distribution of 15,000 masks being done along with imparting awareness about the use and other necessary precautions to be taken to avoid contraction.

Distribution of two masks per family for 7500 families in eight districts was done on 03-06-2020.



Additionally, Orientation has been given by our partner staff team of 76 members which includes awareness around social distancing, correct method of hand washing , usage of sanitisers, self-quarantine, right usage of mask and other preventive measures with respect to prevention of spread of COVID-19 virus



The beneficiaries would like to extend their gratitude to all the donors for supporting their community in the time of crisis.




Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your support. Distribution of 15,000 masks being done along with imparting awareness about the use and other necessary precautions to be taken to avoid contraction.

Distribution of two masks per family for 7500 families in eight districts was done on 03-06-2020.



Additionally, Orientation has been given by our partner staff team of 76 members which includes awareness around social distancing, correct method of hand washing , usage of sanitisers, self-quarantine, right usage of mask and other preventive measures with respect to prevention of spread of COVID-19 virus



The beneficiaries would like to extend their gratitude to all the donors for supporting their community in the time of crisis.




Rs.742,309 raised

Goal: Rs.2,000,000

Beneficiary: Mahila Abhivrud... info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (195)

MK
Mohit donated Rs.5,000
AN
Anudeep donated Rs.1,000
Aravind
Aravind donated Rs.2,500
M
Megha donated $50
The Bake Collective
The Bake Collective donated Rs.40,600
SK
Shilpa donated $50