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  Project Name


mercy trust: livelihood gen/rehab for sex workers



Mercy Trust



livelihood generation






Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 2600


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators



Penn State





Jaya Karuppayee (standing - left) and other Mery Trust staff members and volunteers in their office





The project aims at providing means of livlihood to out of business or health impaired (including HIV affected) sex workers in Madurai. Mercy trust has formed collectives of sex workers and are already implementing awareness and human rights intervention projects. Small scale business units like waste cotton packaging, waste hair processing for wig industry or dairy were proposed by Mercy Trust as alternatives. After discussion with Mercy Trust and AID PennState, it was decided to focus on Waste Cotton Packaging initiative.





The project was funded in December 2004. AID provided the seed money to start a pilot waste cotton packaging initiative. ** The pilot project was started with a group of 15 women. ** The funding was utilized for purchasing the waste cotton from the textile mill and other materials like polythene bags, packing and weighing machines etc. ** The project has been going on successfully so far and the women make on an average Rs 50 per day from the operation. ** Mercy Trust has proposed an extension of the project to a group of 15 more women and another alternative for cotton yarn straightening project.





To provide an alternative and sustainable means of livelihood to sex workers in Madurai who have decided to leave the business or are health impaired (including HIV affected) and need some means of living .



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