Network of Maharashtra People with HIV
The Network of Maharashtra People with HIV (NMP+) is a community based organisation formed by people with HIV to improve conditions for positive people. Membership is open to all people living with HIV in the state of Maharashtra, irrespective of gender, caste, religion or social group. We help positive people to develop self–esteem and to support their affected families. We have helped over 50,000 beneficiaries since we were formed in 1997.
Positive people are often treated very poorly by society. Some are driven from their jobs, even disowned by their families. Women with children are sometimes widowed, then have to support themselves and their families without a decent home or income or financial support. Yet to fight the virus they need a good diet for themselves and their families. For this reason, we at NMP+ are trying to establish a programme of giving carts to positive widows. The widows will use them to earn a living and provide for their families.
If you know of any positive widows (who can be infected or affected) who might benefit from being provided with a cart and help to start a small business, please contact us.
The carts are being bought new and given to the women. They will be nicely decorated and fully equipped. The money from this is coming from a grant we have obtained from Voluntary Service Overseas, a UK based NGO which is working with us to improve life for positive people in Maharashtra. We will take a small percentage of the income into a fund to buy further carts and fund other income generating ideas for our beneficiaries.
We will decide what to sell in each cart in consultation with the widows who will operate them. However, it is likely that most will sell vegetables, fruit or other eatables.
If you are able to help, please contact me and I will be happy to give you further information. My contact details are below. Thank you for your time and any efforts you make on our behalf.
Project coordinator, (IGP) NMP+
Landline: 020 26336084/87. Mobile: 9923908006