Michele's Women's Day fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
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This Women's Day, I am fundraising to help ex-Devadasi women start independent businesses



Mahananda is a 34-year-old survivor of the Devadasi (meaning: ‘servant of God’) system. This ancient practice involved dedicating a girl, as young as 5-6 years of age, to the temple Goddess. She would spend her life serving the temple and was not allowed to marry anyone. The system was abused by the rich and powerful who forced young Devadasis to sleep with them. Over years, Devadasis were reduced to being incorrectly termed 'temple prostitutes'. Mahananda escaped from the system with support from MASS, our field partner. A single mother, she started a tailoring business of her own ,ensured that her two daughters get a good education and is truly empowered.
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 pay their children’s school fees, save for their old age, and generate jobs for their families. Education and a secure environment will offer their children a better future, help them integrate back into society, and eventually break the vicious cycle of the merciless Devadasi practice.

Who we are helping

Chandravva Khatedar and Group
Kasturi Avale and Group
Laxmibai Madar and Group
Lalita K Patan and Group
Sundravva Kamble and Group
Honavva Mang and Group
Lakkavva Mang and Group
Sushila Karibhimagol and Group
Paravati L Kalmaddi and Group
$705 raised

Goal: $1,000

Supporters (13)

Adite lent Rs.2,000

Great initiative!

Kumar lent US $50

Keep up the good work.

Jennie lent US $50
Barbara lent US $25

Wonderful initiative!

Kristin lent US $50
Carol lent US $50