sohini's online fundraiser for Enterprise Development | Milaap
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I am fundraising to help former Devadasi women start independent businesses



"There but for the grace of God go I and many others." That is what I've always thought when I saw stories in the news of trafficked people, mostly women.
In India, especially, there are women like Mahananda. She 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.
I've given $25. It's not a huge amount for me. But it goes a long way for women like Mahananda. And it is the right thing to do. Will you help me in giving Mahananda, and many like her, a better choice?
Thank you!

Who we are helping

Renuka Sankonatti and Group
Shobha Ingalganv and Group
Kallavva Dodamani and Group
$225 raised

Goal: $1,000

Supporters (3)

Nandini lent US $50
Em lent US $150
sohini lent US $25

There but for the grace of good and fortunate circumstances of birth go many of us - women, men, and children.