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



This International Women’s Day, I’m fundraising on Milaap to help empower
previously trafficked Devadasi women become independent through business.
What is the Devadasi system?
An ancient practice in India, the Devadasi (meaning: ‘servant of God’) system
involved dedicating a girl (as young as 5-6 years of age) to the temple Goddess. This meant that she would spend her entire life serving the temple and was not allowed to marry anyone else. Rich and powerful men in these communities abused the system and they began to force the young Devadasis to sleep with them.
Over the years, the Devadasis were reduced to being incorrectly termed 'temple
prostitutes'. This merciless practice, though illegal and outlawed, still exists in certain small towns of India and its stigma continues to cling to the women who attempt an escape. Because of the social stigma around their roles, employment opportunities are denied to them. They are not even respected by their own family – and sometimes, their family members are responsible for selling them to a pimp to overcome a family crisis! It is a vicious cycle where the children of Devadasis are drawn into this ruthless system too!
How does it work on the ground?
Milaap has partnered with MASS as their community partner. MASS is a reputed NGO that works to rehabilitate Devadasi women when they manage to escape from the system. They do this by forming Self Help Groups (groups of 5 – 15) and training them in livelihood activities. Right now, the women are involved in a range of activities that include tailoring and buffalo rearing, mom n pop stores, basket weaving and fabric printing to name a few.
In order to carry on their business, they need a certain amount of money as start-up capital (raw materials, machinery etc). Milaap’s loans help them gain access to raw materials so that they are able to grow their businesses and gain stable income. Not only are they independent, they are able to ensure a good future for their children. See how a Milaap loan has helped an ex-Devadasi escape the system:
Why am I supporting this cause?
As a woman who has received every freedom and opportunity to live life with dignity and self-respect, it deeply saddens me to think about the plight of these women. I want to do my part to help these women become self-reliant by starting their own business. By providing these women with a loan to start their own business, we are giving them the opportunity to escape the system once and for all! The impact doesn’t stop there – it helps keep their children out of prostitution and creates new jobs in the communities too.
Here is the business I am supporting –
How you can help
Here’s how you can help:
1. Lend to this campaign.
a. Devadasi-led businesses will be supported through my campaign.
You’ll receive repayment updates every month, as your borrowers
pay their installments.
2. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – please use the
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Have more questions? Find your answers here:
I hope you’ll lend through my campaign and help these women break free from
being a Devadasi! Thank you so much for your support!

Who we are helping

Tangevva Kamble and Group
Lakkavva Madar and Group
Renuka Talawar and Group
Shobha Ingalganv and Group
Yallavva Harijan and Group
Kashavva Harijan and Group
Honavva Mang and Group
Lakkavva Mang and Group
$1,208 raised

Goal: $1,000

Supporters (12)

Rebecca lent US $200
Jayesh lent US $25
Anil lent Rs.2,000
Ruth lent US $50
Jayashree lent US $25

Would love to make this contribution if it makes a difference in someone's life

se lent US $100