DALLAS (Diya TV) — Five Dallas-based women have combined forces in an effort to create an organization aimed at empowering and mobilizing less fortunate women entrepreneurs on the international level.

The organization, named “Mahila,” the Hindi word for “woman,” consists of powerful female community leaders from the Dallas area. Attorney Bina Palnitkar Patel, architect Purva Jain, media and lifestyle guru Priya Bhola Rathod, cultural advocate Preeta Monga and social entrepreneur Ami Doshi.

“Mahila, at its core, is an organization formed by women for women,” said Rathod. “Our goal is to best share our strength with underprivileged women to bring about meaningful, lasting change. Empowering ONE woman means impacting her family, her society and, ultimately, her world.”

The organization will host its inaugural event on April 7 to raise funds for struggling and low-income women living and working in India. The event is being held in collaboration with Milaap USA’s microloan program, a mission to promote financial inclusion for individuals and families through access to low cost funds in the following sectors. All of the proceeds raised at the event will go directly towards Milaap’s work in India, and every year Mahila will choose a different women’s organization to support through fundraising.


“We believe philanthropy is providing a ‘hand-up versus a hand-out,’” said Milaap USA founder Doshi, Founder of Milaap USA. “By empowering hundreds of thousands of India’s working poor to gain financial stability for themselves, we are able to tackle one of India’s most challenging causes of poverty – financial exclusion.”