Donna's Mothers Day 2015 fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
This is a supporting campaign. Contributions made to this campaign will go towards the main campaign.

Your loan, no matter how small or large, will help former Devadasi women start independent businesses.


Everyone of us is in a position to be a lender to financially-challenged borrowers, mostly women, to gain better livelihood means and access critical services, essential for health and dignity.
Join me in this project to make a difference. I think it’s in all of us to give and to want to know that our giving is REALLY helping someone out. Now's your chance.
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.
Now's your chance. Create social impact with your loan.

Who we are helping

Sattevva Harijan and Group
Renuka Sankonatti and Group
Rekha Bhandari
Kasturi Kamble and Group
Malavva Kurne and Group
Kashibai Madar and Group
Yallavva Harijan and Group
Lalita K Patan and Group
Kasturi Metri and Group
$400 raised

Goal: $2,800

Supporters (3)

Montpelier lent Rs.12,000
Donna lent US $100
Donna lent US $100