Swagati Mahila Sangham (SMS) is a community organisation (CO) based in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh State in India. The CO works to address the development needs of women in sex work through livelihood and civic initiatives and create a distinct identity for itself as an institution owned, led and managed by the community.

Founded in the year 2007, SMS is registered as a society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001. It supports 846 female sex workers.


SMS aims to strengthen the leadership of its members, help them lead socially and financially secure lives with good health and sustain as a community organisation to serve the needs of its members better.

Services Provided

Swagati provides a variety of services to its members.

  • Supporting the community to better access and utilise the social protection schemes from the government
  • Building financial literacy of members, including knowledge on savings products, to help them lead financially secure lives
  • Helping members better access safety, security and justice measures
  • Provide HIV prevention and care services
  • Strengthening community organisations through increased resource mobilisation
  • Identifying the problems of the community regularly to respond better to their needs
  • Developing the linkages with government and non-government stakeholders for better effectiveness of its programme

SMS looks to reducing incidence of new HIV infections and provide education and health services through the community organisation.


  • District - Srikakulam
  • Founded - 2007
  • Members supported - 846

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