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Maxwel and Vidyashree are celebrating their daughter Mira's first birthday by helping former Devadasi women start independent businesses

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Mahananda 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.

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Kamalabai Lakshaman Gunadal
Mangal Annappa Pattan

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Monu lent Rs.6,300
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shivangani lent Rs.5,000

Dear Mira, I hope you get countless blessings from the innumerable souls you touch. And may this project empower the women of India and make them the individuals of tomorrow. Best Wishes, Shivangani & Adhiraj

Vidyashree
Vidyashree lent Rs.1,000

Dear Mira, Happy Happy Birthday! Love, Meenakshi!

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Soumya lent $31.74

Happy Birthday Mira! Lots of luv and hugs!!