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It's my birthday and I'm fundraising to help former trafficked women in India start their own small businesses!

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About the campaign

It's been a year since I started my own business- yes, a whole year since I started making African fabric-wrapped earrings aka 'Mercy Earrings.' I know how hard it is to start a business but frankly, I have nothing to complain about as I'm surrounded by a million resources and supporters. Now, after working with this amazing organization called Milaap, they left me inspired and put a lot in perspective.

The story below is about Mahananda, the beautiful woman you see in the above photo. I'm trying to help women like her in rural India get the resources and support they need to rebuild their lives after being exposed to negativity at such a young age. Can you imagine? I can't!

If you decide to lend- I'm sending you a pair of 'Mercy Earrings' on behalf of these ladies. And guess what, this is the best gift a gal could ask for as I want for nothing this year!

Read about Mahananda:

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, Milaap's 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

Yallavva Shettippa Nagannavar
Lakshmibai Shettappa Bangennavar
Mahadevi Siddappa Nagannavar

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