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

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Yallava and Sumitra are two 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.
However they have escaped the system with support from MASS, our field partner. Now they have started their own business, and are proud that their business will enable them to raise their children and to support their living in their old age.
Milaap has partnered with MAAS for this initiative. Through MAAS I am trying to provide financial support to former Devadasi women 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.
I trust to get your support to help them lead a dignified life.

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Renuka Sankonatti and Group
Tangevva Kamble and Group
Renuka Talawar and Group

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Anup
Anup lent $100

I am glad to be able to take part in this movement with my small contribution. Hope this effort will rekindle the light in some souls.

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