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.
May 18, 2015

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

Farida rides on her bike
Farida rides on her bike

“It is my dream to serve in the Indian Police Service”, says Farida.

My name is Farida and I am currently studying in the 10th standard. We are a family of five- I have a brother and a sister. My father is a farmer and he tends to the family crops. I used to walk to school daily. Since it was 3 kilometres away it often took me an hour to get there. My teacher who was aware of my predicament told me about Mann Deshi’s bicycle program. Hoping against hope, I applied to Mann Deshi for a bicycle, and when I finally received it I was overjoyed. Today I am able to reach school in a mere ten minutes.

The extra time I now save allows me to use my time more productively. I enjoy singing and applying mehendi to my mother and my palms. It is my dream to serve in the Indian Police Service. I run 1 km daily to train for the IPS entrance exams. To keep myself on track and motivated I collect motivational quotations from various inspirational books I read.

Thank you so much for Mann Deshi supporters who help the girls like Farida, to come their dreams into reality.

Mann Deshi Girls : Going to School
Mann Deshi Girls : Going to School
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 !

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