A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy commodities like food grains, oil and essential food items.

Durga Devi Mahila Swasahay Sangh Group's story

The Self Help Group (SHG) “Durga Devi Mahila Swasahay Sangh” consists of seven diligent women who are starting their first loan cycle with Kiva. All the women are former devadasis. Kashavva (the lady with her hand raised in the picture) is the featured borrower of this group. They all are daily wage workers in agriculture fields.

The Devadasi system is an ancient tradition in which a young girl is married or ‘dedicated’ to a deity and performs religious rituals. The realities of a devadasi are extremely challenging since the young women are not able to complete their education, learn employable skills, or otherwise provide for themselves. The young women do not have a choice in this life long decision, which often leads to exploitation, poverty, and social exclusion.

This loan will benefit small entrepreneurs such as Kashavva, a 54-year-old woman living in Palbhai village, Raibag, Belgaum. She is illiterate but that did not stop Kashavva from staring her own petty shop in the locality. She has been in this business for the last five years. She is living with her partner and a son who is married and has four children. Kashavva is earning around INR 8,000 per month.

She is requesting a loan to buy more commodities like food grains, oil and essential food items for her petty shop so that her consumers needs are fulfilled. Kashavva dreams of setting up a tailoring shop for her son. She hopes to save enough for her old age.

The other members are also seeking loans for different purpose like goat and buffalo rearing and a petty shop. They all are against the Devadasi system as being ex-devadasi, they have experienced the horrific effects of it in their life. They want to eradicate this unwanted system.

In this group: Kashavva Shivappa, Mallavva, Advevva, Vimalavva, Sevanta, Yellavva, Kashavva*
*not pictured

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