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Introduction

Sangini Mahila Sanstha (SMS) is a community organisation (CO) of brothel, street and home based sex workers in Navi Mumbai region of Maharashtra State in India. The regions is spread across two districts of Thane and Raigad.

SMS, founded in 2009, is registered under the Maharashta Societies Registration Act, 1860 and supports 824 women in sex work.

Mission

SMS aim to arrest new infections of HIV/STI in the community.

Services Provided

To achieve its aim of preventing new infections among the sex worker commuity, SMS implements a range of activities.

  • Encouraging savings through various schemes and bank accounts to help women be financially independent
  • Organising health camps
  • Building legal literacy to inform women of their rights
  • Mobilising women in self help groups
  • Promoting alternate livelihoods through different income generation activities
  • Establishing and managing 'Sarva Seva Kendra' that faciliates access to social entitlements and schemes to members and general community

SMS envisions that all members have access to benefits from social entitlements and schemes, start saving for financial security, access formal institutional credit for alternate livelihoods, and have better supportive mechanisms to address crisis and violence.

Highlights

  • District - Thane and Raigad
  • Founded - 2009
  • Members supported - 824

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No.25, AECS Layout, Ashwathnagar,

(Land Mark - Behind Paratha Plaza,

Raghavendra Nilaya),

Bengaluru 560 094, Karnataka State, India

contactus@swasti.org

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