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Support First Transgender Run milk Cooperative society
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    grace banu
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    from Thoothukkudi, Tamil Nadu

Hi all, this is Grace Banu. In a society that continues to severely stigmatise transgender people and deny them basic rights and access to spaces, the Manthithoppu Transgenders Milk Cooperative Society is a lease of fresh air that I could establish only after a lot of struggle. It’s an initiative that finally provided the community with dignity and agency but is also a new one and in need of your help to cover costs and make it an economically sustainable model. I write on behalf of the Manthithoppu Transgenders Milk Cooperative Society, Sandeep Nagar, for an emergency fundraiser to help repay the outstanding loan balance for cattle and cattle feed.

More than 85 transgender persons live in  Kovilpatti. Through the establishment of the milk cooperative society, 30 transgender persons got government houses and cattle. Cattle have been bought using a Central Cooperative Bank loan that the bank directly deducts every month from the society’s account. A big part of the loan has already been paid but the remaining amount is a struggle because of the pandemic situation. The cooperative society produces milk for the Aavin dairy plant and the daily rate varies depending on the amount of milk and amount of fat in the milk produced. Initially, the milk supply was steady but the amount reduced because of being adversely affected by situations like cattle pregnancy and changes in climate. This has also led to reduced earnings.

The loan balance is Rs. 25,000 per cattle. The society has 30 cattle which means the loan balance amount is Rs. 7,50,000/- for cattle. The society also needs to buy cattle feed for which the loan amounts to approximately Rs. 3,00,000/-. That brings it to a total of Rs. 10,50,000/-.
Helping repay this balance loan amount will act as a one-time permanent solution so that the society can own cattle, cattle feed and finally start their livelihoods. This will help sustain their own lives currently in dire conditions where their only access to ration is through some mutual aid and that is not enough, especially with the burden of this huge debt and existing expenses of the milk cooperative society, like:

Workers’ Salary
Purchasing cattle feed
Medical care for the cattle
Maintenance costs

Due to the pandemic, financial resources are completely exhausted so repaying the debt has become next to impossible. The government offices were approached with respect to this matter since 2020 but they have been absolutely unresponsive for a year now.

Hence this emergency fundraiser campaign, a one-time permanent solution that will be extremely helpful for the community and actually account for a change in their lives. So your contributions matter a lot. Please donate to help the transgender society continue living the life of dignity and agency they deserve.

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