Sam's online fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
This is a supporting campaign. Contributions made to this campaign will go towards the main campaign.

Please join me in helping ex-Devadasi women start independent businesses.



To provide loans to six women to grow their livestock businesses and improve their lives and those of their families.
Milaap partners with organisations in India to provide repayable loans to the working poor, which are used to permanently improve their lives. Please spend some time on this website and call/ email me with any questions that you may have.
Chris supports them regularly through his cafe and knows the Singapore team well. I first heard of them in 2011 and was struck by their transparency and accountability. I have been providing loans through Milaap for 2 years and have had a 100% repayment rate, which is also the repayment rate that Milaap has experienced in the 5 years they have been operating.
Please note that these are interest-free, high risk loans (as they are unsecured) and that the borrowers pay interest (a fraction of what they would be charged by conventional lenders in India) which is how the field partners are reimbursed. I view this as a donation as I keep re-lending the repaid amount- this is a sustainable process.
This particular Milaap campaign (The Hope Project 2014) focuses on survivors of the illegal Devadasi system. This is a historic practice where impoverished and low-caste families dedicated their daughters (as young as 5) to serve in temples, it was intended that they would lead a celibate life in religious devotion and would be respected and protected. The reality is that they were abused and forced in to prostitution and there is a strong social stigma attached to any former victims/ escapees and their children. Though the practice was outlawed in the 1980s, an estimated 250,000 girls are still in this system along the border of the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Please lend USD 75 or more! to this campaign. Once we have reached the target Milaap will provide this loan to Yallavva Harijan's group and Krishnabi Talawar's group. They will do this via their field partner MASS. Over the next 12 - 18 months these women will repay the loan. Please lend as much as you feel comfortable, but there is no limit i.e. when we have reached USD 1,000 we will add more borrowers. There are many, many groups wanting to start new businesses to earn an income,
- Their is a stigma attached to ex-Devadasi women excludes them from employment.
- They have managed to escape from a forced sex trade where they received little to no education.
- Many have children and are the only breadwinners.
- They are determined that their children will be educated and not suffer similar fates.

Who we are helping

Yallavva Harijan and Group
Krishnabi Talawar and Group
Sattevva Taikar and Group
$1,041 raised

Goal: $1,000

Supporters (9)

Natalia lent US $300

Such a great project, Sam, and I am very glad to be a part of it! The world needs more people like you!

Helen lent US $100
Mark lent US $200

Amazing initiative - I am so happy that you have found this project.

Tiffany lent US $100
Tara lent US $100
Belinda lent US $150