27 December 2013

Hope Project by Milaap

After the "Spark The Change" health camp at Khar, we rushed to Girgaum for "Hope Project", an indimeet sponsored by Milaap. We were late to the event and found some discussion going on. The 30secs of fame had taken a new form this time, where in each of us were to doodle what we expect in 2014. The randomly picked blogger had to introduce themselves and share their thought on Hope for the year 2014. My doodle read, "SECURITY", with present insecurity in the society and country, I would Hope for a Secured(moral, financial, social) life in 2014. Then was the video showcasing Mahananda's life been bettered by Milaap. 
Followed by which was a group game, each group was given jigsaw puzzle of individual or group who are looking for loan under Hope Project, we had to solve the puzzle, guess the benificiary and narrate their loan detail. Our puzzle was of Mahadevi and group, though we couldn't complete the puzzle, we were able to guess and narrate the loan detail. We were given Rs. 500 gift coupon, which we could lend to one of the entreprenuer, along with our share of contribution. The event ended with a positive note, we joining hands with Milaap in Hope Project to better the lives of needy women.

Milaap is a mission driven company changing the way people fund and impact communities in need. Through Milaap, individual can fund people and projects of their choice and the money is repaid by the beneficiary over a course of time. Since the contribution is given out as a loan, rather a donation, the same amount of money helps multiple people. 100% of your contribution goes to the end beneficiary and you get to know exactly whom your money has helped. You can track every dollar given by you on the online platform. 
The Hope Project is a campaign that aims to inspire urban masses towards empowering rural women entrepreneurs through small contributions. What makes this project special is that the women in this case are ex-Devadasis and the possibility of self-reliance is a ray of fierce hope for them. 
With in Devadasi system, young girls are 'married' to the temple goddess? What was originally seen as a life of service to society has now been warped to present a picture of  "temple prostitution'. Most of the Devadasis are forced into this practice. This merciless practice, though illegal, still exists in small towns of India and its stigma continues to cling to the women who attempt to escape. Because of social around their roles, employment oppertunities are denied to them. It is a vicious cycle into which future generations are drawn and a merciless system draws the chains tighter.
This is how it works
Here is how you can bring about change in somebody's life by lending as little as Rs. 500 to a group.
  • Visit their web page http://milaap.org/hope or click the Milaap widget on the right bar of this blog
  • Choose an entrepreneur and enter an amount
  • Proceed with payment procedure (or use the code if you have a Gift Card)
You can gift your family or friend a Milaap Gift Card (purchase here http://milaap.org/gift-card) and help them experience the joy of bringing a positive change in someone's life. 

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