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Introduction

Mahila Jagrut Sevabhavi Sanstha (MJSS) is a community organisation, established in August 2011, by a group of like-minded women, who had faced a difficult life in poverty and vulnerability. The members are from socioeconomically poor and vulnerable strata of the society, and into professions like prostitution, cooking, sweeping, cleaning and others.

MJSS is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. It has a total of 1058 members and is located in Parbhani district of Maharashtra State in India.

Mission

MJSS aims to empower female sex workers socially and economically and make them self reliant.

Services Provided

Services provided by MJSS address the key vulnerabilities of its members.

  • Increasing awareness about social entitlements and schemes and facilitating linkages for members to access them
  • Mobilising women into self help groups to provide them access to formal credit to start their own businesses
  • Reducing rates of alcoholism among sex workers
  • formed 56 SHGs with 620 members to have savings and access to credit facilities.
  • helped 233 members to access civic ids and schemes.
  • trained 32 members on Paral legal volunteer through District legal service authority.

MJSS envisions working to encourage female sex workers to undergo regular health checkup for STI and HIV/AIDS so as to be able to prevent such infections.

Highlights

  • District - Parbhani
  • Founded - 2011
  • Members supported - 1058
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