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Introduction

Sangharsha Mahila Sevabhavi Sanstha (SMSS) is a community organisation (CO) of female sex workers in Latur district of Maharashtra State in India. The members are largely from scheduled castes and tribes and rural and urban parts of the district.

SMSS founded in 2012 is registered under the Maharashtra Societies Registration Act, 1860 and has 1066 members.

Mission

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

Services Provided

SMSS provides various services to empower its members.

  • Mobilising members into self help groups to enable their access to savings, credit and financial security
  • Enabling entrepreneurship by facilitating access to credit from formal financial institutions
  • Providing legal support to women who face violence and other forms of crises
  • Managing an Unified Help Desk to give information and support access to social entitlements, schemes and civic identity proofs for its members

SMSS envisions that all sex workers are able to access required services, such as health, financial, and social protection, livelihood support, violence prevention and education support for their children, from the CO.

Highlights

  • District - Latur
  • Founded - 2012
  • Members supported - 1066
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