Mann Deshi Foundation

The organization seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra & Karnataka. Our primary objective is to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste and class. Our programs are designed to improve our clients' quality of life by promoting education, health, property rights, leadership and technology.
Jun 4, 2014

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

“My aim is to purse the career of school teacher once I grow up because according to me it is the only medium through which you can transfer your knowledge and good thoughts to other”, says Amruta.

Educating Girls is like sowing the seed which gives rise to green, cheerful and full grown family plant, but to get that education she has to face many challenges. In remote villages most of the families allow girls to study only till primary or at the most till 7th standard, even though  she  is good in her academic she is not allowed to study further and this is only because the school is far away from their house and  lack of  transportation  facility.

Amruta  is one of such clever student from small village called Gondavale. She is from lower middle class family. Amruta’s father expired in her childhood. There are 3 members in her family, Amruta, her mother and sister. The responsibility of entire family is on her mother alone. It is really very difficult to run a family with very low income in this high inflation period, but her mother somehow manages it.

Amruta studies in Navchaitanya School, Gondavale. She is in 7th standard. Her school is 4 km away from her house. She covers this distance by walking. To reach school on time she has leave her house early in the morning & in the evening.  Also it becomes very late while returning, due to this she gets very little time for her self-study and cannot even help mother in her work.

“One day during school hour one of the representatives from Mann Deshi foundation visited our school and gave us the information about their free bicycle program. I was very happy to listen that there are such institution that help girls in completing their education, for a moment I wished that I could get the bicycle so that I can save my time of travel and surprisingly my class teacher recommended my name for bicycle, I felt very happy at that time.” Says Amruta.

I was really happy as my major problem of commuting was solved by Mann Deshi.

While returing home with bicycle I knewed there would be major change in my routine life and that would really help me and my family.  Now I reach school on time and return home early in the evening. I can help my mother in her work and get enough time for self-study. All this has helped me in getting good marks in exams. As I reach school early I can participate in other activities also.

My aim is to purse the career of school teacher once I grow up because according to me it is the only medium through which you can transfer your knowledge and good thoughts to other.

I and my sister will study hard and complete our education as we want to make our mothers life happy, we are aware of the efforts she is taking for our upbringing. She has never made us feel the absence of our father in our life. She plays both the role very effectively.

There are many Amruta’s in this society and I am happy that Mann Deshi Foundation is doing a great job of  reaching to each and every one by providing them with free bicycle and helping them in completing their education. 

I thank Mann Deshi Foundation from bottom of my heart as they have showed us the path of success.   My best wishes for their future activities.


May 27, 2014

Business School for rural women in India

Uma Chavan Repairing Motor-bike
Uma Chavan Repairing Motor-bike

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

“I have the knowledge of doing my job but not of making this into a successful business. I want to buy our own place and machinery,’’ Ms. Chavan said.

Uma Chavan, a 27-year-old from Lonand Village in Satara, had been taught basic mechanical skills like repairing tire punctures by her husband. She enrolled at the Mann Deshi B-school and now hopes to open her own garage and include another small scale business of grinding masala.

Any woman who walks in the Mann Deshi Business center is encouraged and trained to be financially independent. If they aspire to develop a particular skill, we rope in trainers and experts to impart that knowledge.

The main purpose of Mann Deshi Udyogini (Business School for Rural women) project is to improve the economic status of rural women entrepreneurs thereby contributing to poverty reduction, improved livelihoods and gender equality.

110,000 women have taken courses with Mann Deshi B-School.  This will not be possible without Mann Deshi donors support.

Most Sincerely,

Uma Chavan- Two/Four Wheeler Repairer
Uma Chavan- Two/Four Wheeler Repairer


Mar 5, 2014

Give a girl a bike : help her go to school

Social Entrepreneur Award Winner -Chetna Sinha
Social Entrepreneur Award Winner -Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha, the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award

On 11 November, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Sinha, founder Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award.

"Having a bicycle allows me to be AMBITIOUS", says Nisha from Satara village.

On Saturday, 15th February, 50 bicycles were gifted from Mann Deshi to girls who would otherwise be forced to drop out of school for lack of transportation.  The chief guests at the event were Stuart P. Milne, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India, Manas Mohanti, Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Anami Roy, former Police Commissioner of Mumbai and Chetna Sinha, Founder of Mann Deshi.

In rural communities, young girls are often unable to continue their education once they reach adolescence because their families cannot afford transportation and it is dangerous to walk the
long distance alone.  As a solution, the Mann Deshi Foundation created a program that donates bicycles to schoolgirls so that they can continue to get to school safely, changing the course of their future for the better.  This year, Mann Deshi distributed 50 bicycles and led a bicycle rally from Satara City to celebrate.

Nisha was one of the 50 girls who benefited from the program.  Her father is a farmer who doesn’t earn sufficient money to support his family of five. Nisha never asked her father for a bike because she knew he couldn’t afford it.  She walks five kilometres every day to get to school and never complains, even though it is hot, dusty, and tiring.  She says, “My new bicycle helps me to reach school in time and to study hard.  I am ambitious and can dream and get higher marks.”

Thank you very much for the support of Global Giving Donors !!

Most Sincerely,

Vanita Shinde

50 Bicycles donated by Mann Deshi
50 Bicycles donated by Mann Deshi


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