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

About the campaign

International Women's Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women, but also to remember how far we still have to go.

In southwest India, there are an estimated 250,000 girls and women dedicated to their local temple deities as Devadasis, or servants of God. This ancient practice has been outlawed but continues to be prevalent. It originally gave Devadasis a comfortable life and high social standing, but is now abused by the rich and powerful. Over the years, Devadasis have been forced into prostitution to survive.

Nilavva, Indravva and Katsuri are three former Devadasis looking for better lives. They want to set up their own businesses so they can earn a living, feed their families, send their children to school and save for their old age. All on their own terms, as true entrepreneurs, breaking the cycle of poverty and prostitution.

But they need help to get there. So this International Women's Day, let's celebrate Nilavva, Indravva and Katsuri: for taking their lives back, for being independent, for deciding things can be better.

Who we are helping

Nilavva Acharatti and Group
Indravva Kamble and Group
Kasturi Metri and Group

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MF
Montpelier lent Rs.6,000
Noelle
Noelle lent $25
Olga
Olga lent $100

From daddy, Eric Perera who thinks you're awesome for doing this.xx