One day, a loans officer from the My Business My Freedom Microfinance Project invited Moti to come along to a local microfinance women’s group meeting. After two hours of orientation on financial management, she was encouraged that she also can do something to support her family. Her life has significantly improved since.
In India, massage parlors are becoming the center of attraction for working men. Trafficking happens in plain sight and is very deceptive to women and girls who fall prey to the lies used by brothel owners and traffickers. Many Nepali women and girls who are looking for work in India to support their families, are often deceived or seriously misled about the type of work they will be doing - their desperation for a source of income taken advantage by traffickers.
Thank you for being part of STOP TRAFFICKING 5K 2019
Our 4th annual STOP TRAFFICKING 5K might be over but the impact will be lasting. Thank you to all those from 11 countries who stood up and said 'no to trafficking'. Because of you, the life saving work in Nepal and the Philippines will continue to impact lives. US$33,780 was raised with online and offline donations. Together, we are changing the world! Below is what has already happened so far this year in Nepal and the Philippines
Harhsa is 17 years old and lives with her parents and siblings. She is the oldest of 6 sisters. Her father would beat her mother because she didn't give him sons. Finally, her mother had a baby boy and the beatings stopped but Harina was determined to prove to her father that girls are just as good as boys. She worked hard and had to stop school after grade 8. But still, it was not enough.
Mina was married at the age of 15. Now, at 32, her and her husband have a daughter and two sons. She was from a poor farming family. She tells us her story. “I started a ‘Chatpat’ (a quick sour, chilly snack) selling business with an investment of about Rs. 2,000 (US$17) as that’s all my family could afford. I was able to earn around Rs. 1,000 (US$8) daily and although this was not much, it boosted my confidence. That was 6 years ago. I wanted to grow my business but I wasn’t able to get a loan."
Pallav struggled to provide for her children after her husband left until one day when a stranger approached her and offered her a good paying job in India. Desperate to help to children, she gladly accepted the job and began her journey across Nepal into India. The man followed in another bus behind, but Pallav was just happy to have this wonderful opportunity. At a routine bus check, staff from one of our Captivating Monitoring stations asked her where she was going. After Pallav explained her good fortune she was asked if she knew the man who offered her work. She admitted that she didn't know him.