The community based organisation (CBO), which is registered with Aastha Parivaar, works with 1500 brothel based sex workers in the Grant road area.
It was founded on 21/08/2010 and works towards the brothel based population.
The women in this area are especially vulnerable to exploitation from the brothel owners, also known as the ‘Gharwalis’ and the pimps who sell these women at the brothels. This is tackled by strong networking with heir stakeholders which include gharwalis as well as policemen. The women also face difficulty to demand the use of condoms with clients. Asha Darpan has been implementing STI and HIV prevention activities with these sex workers. Since there is high prevalence of HIV among these sex workers, the project activities largely focus on voluntary HIV testing and linkages to Care & Treatment services. Their income generation activities include selling condoms via social marketing, rangoli stickers and, saris. They also work in collaboration with the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society via targeted intervention. The CBO has a business correspondence model, which they are running via a mini State Bank of India customer service point.