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 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

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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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Mar 3, 2014

Business School for Rural Women in India

photo schwab foundation award winner-chetna sinha
photo schwab foundation 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, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award.

Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, established in 1997, headquartered in Mhaswad, Maharashtra, aspire to create 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India by 2020. The group manages three institutions that together help create alternate livelihoods and incomes for rural women: a women-owned rural cooperative bank that extends a range of financial services; a rural mobile MBA school that offers skill and entrepreneurship training; and a chamber of commerce that facilitates market and policy linkages.

Sujata Mane started out in business with a small sweet shop, a farm field, and a buffalo. She accessed the Mann Deshi Bank for a loan to buy a noodle machine. The Bank referred her to the Mann Deshi Foundation and recommended she enroll in a financial literacy class and a self-help group to improve her chances of success. After paying off the loan, she took another in order to buy a chili-power machine. She later borrowed enough to expand her small sweet shop into a larger grocery store. She began concentrating on branding her products, using skills she learned with Mann Deshi. Meanwhile, she also started seeing profits from her plot of agricultural land, thanks to the assistance of Mann Deshi’s agricultural training programming. She is now so busy that she employs her husband to distribute her products. Sujata is now the leader of her self-help group, a graduate of the Deshi MBA program, a landowner, and a provider for six family members.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving Donors!!

Sujata Mane - Successful Entrepreneur
Sujata Mane - Successful Entrepreneur

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