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.
Feb 18, 2015

Business School for rural women in India

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Meet Mangal, from Natepute village :

Background: Her family business is to make limestone & sell it in the weekly markets of villages which was the only income source. She has a son & a daughter. Her children couldn’t complete education due to poverty.  

Business Condition: She didn’t have market and capital to expand her business. Even the income coming from the business was not sufficient for her to meet the needs of her family.   

B-school’s Support: One day, she attended a meeting of B-school from Mann Deshi where Branch coordinator informed her about business for women, its expansion, aid & loan for the business. Mangal wasn’t sure if she could get a support from the Mann Deshi as she has not get support from any institutions before.  When Mangal attended financial literacy & business development workshops from B-school, she shared her business problems i.e. capital and market linkages.   Immediately, B-school coordinator connected her with the Mann Deshi field officer, informed her about loan procedure & its low interest rate. Before, Mangal was lending money for business from money lenders but now after B-school recommendation Mangal got a loan of Rs.10000 in the month of September from Mann Deshi Bank.

Earlier, she was selling the limestone in one weekly market. But Mann Deshi helped her by advertising her product by connecting her with the people involved in construction, color & painters. It helped Mangal to expand the business & her economical condition started to improve. She could pay the loan installments regularly which encouraged her to demand the multiple loans.  

Mangal’s confidence is raised and she borrowed 4 loans but didn’t even realize about it. Earlier, she was borrowing money from money lenders with hefty interest and was unable to repay it regularly. Sometime, she was paying only interest for many months. The burden of the loan was too high to expand the business.  

But, after understanding the importance of business expansion and debt management in Mann Deshi B-school, she could repay the loan installments regularly & the most important thing is she doesn’t have to go to the bank for demanding & repaying the loan as bank comes to her workplace for the same. It saved her time & money.  Mangal could expand her business & gain good profit in the business.

Outcome:

Monthly income of Mangal is increased from Rs.6000 to 8000

Her Market area is expanded from 1 to 5

She is shifted from moneylenders to bank

Growth from retail to wholesale business

Mann Deshi is grateful to its donors for their regular support.

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Feb 18, 2015

Give a girl a bike: help her to go to school

Mann Deshi Bicycle Girls
Mann Deshi Bicycle Girls

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

“Sometimes we would reach late to school and the teachers would shout at us for arriving late, says Jyoti.

Aged 14 and studying in grade 8th ,Jyoti is the eldest sibling in her family. Her mother is a cook in her school and her father works in a garage She stays in Lambhcha Malla,and studies in Nyanvardhin High School. The distance between her house and her school is about 2 km and it would take about 30 -45 min to cover the distance. Mann Deshi Foundation donated Jyoti a cycle.

 “The cycle has helped me cut travelling time by half and this has resulted in increased time for study and play. Previously I would get only 1.5 to 2 hours for myself. But due to this cycle I get almost 3-3.5 hours to do myself study and also engage in extracurricular activities.” She is found of dancing and is a regular participant in various Dance Completions.

Her ambition is to become a doctor. She believes that there are a lack of good doctors n rural areas and wants to make up for the deficit. When asked if she was offered a job in a city’s best hospital, with a high paying salary or in a village ,where the salary and incentives would be drastically low than the cities ,she  confidently replies “I want to improve the health condition of the rural people, and how ever high paying job I get in cities or elsewhere my first priority is the rural area where I want to work.”

Mann Deshi is grateful for its donors continuous support to bicycle program !

Nov 18, 2014

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Amruta, the bicycle girl
Amruta, the bicycle girl

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Educating Girls is like sowing the seed which gives rise to a green, cheerful and full grown 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 school even though she is good in her academic studies. This is often because school is far away so she does not have time to walk there and do house work.Transport in rural areas is either expensive or does not exist. A family's money is given to a boys education, not a girl.

Amruta is a clever student from a village called Gondavale. Her school is far away and to get there she has to walk.

“One day The Mann Deshi Foundation visited our school and gave us the information about the free bicycle programme. 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. While returing home with bicycle I knew there would be major change in my life and that would really help me and my family.  Now I reach school on time and return home before dark. 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", says Amruta.

There are many girls like Amruta in India and The support of Mann Deshi’s Donor help them to complete their education.

Thank you so much for all your support !!

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