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.
Aug 26, 2014

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Today I am capable to get to school without stress in time”, says Pranali.

Pranali currently is enrolled as a student in Hanuman Vidyalaya in Palashi. She is currently 13 years old and she is in 7th standard.  Her Parents are laborers.   She stays in Mankarwadi. Travelling to school every day by walking she says would be an arduous effort, “The distance between my school and my house is 4 Km. Walking up to school would take around 30-45 min. My legs and back would ache by the time I would reach school, and would be exhausted by the time I would get back home.”

In February 2013, Mann Deshi Foundation distributed cycles to schooling going girls from nearby villages, who were in ardent need of cycles for quick transportation from their homes to their schools.

Pranali goes on to say that by providing a cycle to her has helped reduce travelling time by half, and is able to reach school without stress in time. It has also helped her   devote more time for study and help her mother in household activities .She secured a “A”  Grade in 6th standard.   She has also named her bicycle as Mann Deshi Foundation, as a sign of gratitude to the origination.

Thanks to Mann Deshi Donors who help to reduce the girl's stress...

 

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Aug 25, 2014

Business School for rural women in India

FLO Grassroots Women Entrepreneurship Award winner
FLO Grassroots Women Entrepreneurship Award winner

LIFELONG LEARNING FOR FARMERS

L3F AND BROOM MAGIC

L3F pioneer Ms. Lakshmi is a local celebrity in Mhaswad, in southwest India. She is a mentor working with two L3F partners, the Mann Deshi Foundation and the Mann Deshi Women’s Co-operative Bank. For a living, she hand-makes brooms and, with her husband, sells them in different villages on a bicycle cart.

She has become a magnificent inspiration to many women in her hometown, all of whom celebrated her recently receiving an entrepreneurship for women award from the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).

Travelling out of Mhaswad for the first time, on a flight, was an out-of-the-world experience for Lakshmi Tai! You can feel both the pride and the simplicity in her voice. “I only saw airplanes in the sky before, but I wasn’t scared to be on the flight. I felt like I was comfortably sitting at home.”

Her face lights up when she sees her picture on Mann Deshi’s brochure. She enquires about the pictures of FICCI’s award function, as she cannot wait to share these with her children. She says her grandchildren are really proud of her.

This, however, was not her first profession. She started out making ropes in a local agency, but it shut down due to water shortage and other issues. She had observed women making brooms and quietly learned from them. Exposed to the L3F programme in her community and motivated to succeed, she trained at Mann Deshi and took out loans to start her business; she proudly says she repaid all of the loans on time.

She is a regular listener to community radio, as well as being an L3F resource person for Financial Literacy and other programmes. Her eloquent advice is aired on Mann Deshi radio frequently. Lakshmi is one of the many award-winning entrepreneurs whom Mann Deshi has helped to grow.

Life was not very easy for Lakshmi Tai, but she never lost hope and courageously moved ahead. The award celebrates this courage that will inspire more such women to break the barriers of poverty and reject the traditional, feeble identity associated with the rural women of India.

 Thanks to Mann Deshi supporters for creating women entrepreneurs like LAKSHMI .

Lakshmi at Mann Deshi Community Radio station
Lakshmi at Mann Deshi Community Radio station
Lakshmi- Mann Deshi Borrower
Lakshmi- Mann Deshi Borrower
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.

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