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.
Nov 21, 2011

Be in Their Shoes

Little Champions representing "Manora"
Little Champions representing "Manora"

Dear Mann Deshi Champion Supporters,

Thank you very much for your support to “Mann Deshi Champion.”                                                                         

Rural boys and girls are getting an extra-ordinary opportunity through the sports’ program: Mann Deshi Champion.  Mann Deshi is operating in remote and drought prone areas and this is the first program started in whole Satara District specifically directed at poor rural boys and girls. The usefulness of such a program is self-evident as in rural areas children do not have access to facilities for exercises and sports. 

Mann Deshi Champion organized a “Summer Camp” lasting 21 days: 237 students from Mhaswad, Pulkoti, Karkhel, Virkarvadi and Devapur villages actively participated in this camp.  Nine professional coaches were invited from big cities like Bombay, Kolhapur and Pune to provide training on running track, Kho-Kho, volleyball, football, Throw-ball, Long-jump, High-jump, Ropeway, athletics and gymnastics.

During this “Summer Camp”, and in participating to the program, boys and girls learn the importance of physical fitness and of a correct diet by taking example from the meals provided by Mann Deshi. Moreover, children take advantage of practicing different exercises, various sports and other activities: coaches teach the basics of different sports, and children push themselves to improve their skills. Camps are a great place to interact with peers and to learn about teamwork. In order to integrate sports into family life, Mann Deshi is considering to actively engage parents, and the rest of the family, enrolling them in group lessons. The program assists children in developing healthy habits, including keeping active, nutrition, hydration, sun protections and fair play. 

Mann Deshi Campion will help rural boys and girls to gain confidence and build their careers.

Please click on the link of Mann Deshi Champion: Sports Program

Sincerely Yours,

Vanita Shinde,

Champs doing Rope-way
Champs doing Rope-way
Oct 16, 2011

Mann Deshi Champions (Champions Sports Program)

  Project to provide children from Mann Deshi Champions with shoes and sport materials:   Be In Their Shoes – BITS:

Marcel, together with Emilia Galiano (intern from Italy, Johns Hopkins University), create an own project through an idea to collect donations from their entire network in Brazil, Italy and other countries, and use this money to buy shoes to the children and give them safety and motivation to practice sports at Mann Deshi Champions program.

They developed a public website ( where they publish all the information about the creation of the idea, the structure of Mann Deshi Foundation (and Mann Deshi Champions), the instructions to donate and funny things to make the project successful.

After three weeks of the launch of the project they collected USD 5.035 dollars coming from Brazil, Italy, Germany and United States. The website received more than 3500 page views in the English version and more 3000 views on the Portuguese and Italian versions. Through all the Social Networks like Facebook and Twiter and also through e-mails list they spread out the idea and provided considered exposure to Mann Deshi and through a different reality faced by these children in Mashwad.

After every USD1.500 dollars donated, they defined a funny activity to do with the children: (i) in the first activity, besides jumping and making fun, they provided chocolate for all of them; (ii) in the second target they danced an American song (Party Rock) with the children and gave them pineapple juice; (iii) in the third target (after achieving USD 4.500 dollars), they danced a bollywood song (Dhinka Chika) and bought school notebooks for everyone.

Besides the shoes for 185 children, they were able to buy 185 pairs of socks, goal net, volleyball net, football balls, karate, badminton, baseball and football general equipments.  This sports equipment will be used by the children participating to the Mann Deshi Champions Program: they will keep the shoes and the socks, while the rest will be kept in a storehouse in the practice field.

The project went over the expectations and brought repercussion worldwide.   Thank you to all the donors and supporters.  Mann Deshi appreciates its donors support.

 Thank you very much again !



Oct 16, 2011

Business School for Rural Women in India

Ms.Sujata Mane, a long time client of Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and B-School.  Sujata got training for fashion designing from B-school.   She took out her first loan to improve her tailoring business, but family problems did not allow her to repay the loan. After some time she applied again for a loan, but given her record the bank was not sure about her ability to repay the debt. In the end the Bank finally decided to allow her to take out a loan, on her name, in the amount of 25,000 INR meant to buy a noodles machine. The Bank suggested her to enter a Self-Help Group so that she could take advantage of useful advice from other women and more easily repay the loan. Her business started to grow, given that in the area where she lives and works, she was the only one making noodles. Soon she was able to repay the loan and take out a new one in the amount of 35,000 INR to buy a chili powder machine. Again, given the lack of competitors, she was able to profit hugely from the business of making chili powder, and soon she was able to repay even this debt. She then decided that, given the lack of grocery stores in the area, she would open her own small shop, besides the business of noodles making and chili powder. To be able to open the grocery shop she needed another loan from the Bank, in the amount of 70,000 INR, this sum would allow her to buy the initial stock of products she would then sell. She is now repaying this last loan, and given the success of her business she expects to be done within one year: her monthly profit exceeds 10,000 INR considering the chili powder, the noodles and the grocery shop. 

Her clients come to her small grocery shop just to buy her chili powder and noodles. She does not have the time to go to the weekly market: with the chili powder and the noodles machine and the grocery shop she is already busy enough, but clients are not missing either. Apart from single clients she also does sell her product to grocery shops in Mhaswad and sends parts of her product to her husband who takes care of selling chili powder and noodles in both Pune and Mumbai.  Sujata is also the owner of a land property

Being such a successful entrepreneur she applied for the 1,000 Deshi Entrepreneurs Program, and has already taken part in the first batch of 2011. The most useful experience drawn from the program has been the exposure visits. Sujata, says that during them she has been able to see how other women engaged in the same business behave, and she has learned a lot of practices she then applied to her own business. The workshops have been useful too, in particular she recalls one of the trainers suggesting her to buy raw materials (chili peppers in her case) in large quantities, wholesale if possible, so that she would be able to get a quite low price and make a higher profit afterward. She currently buys chili peppers from the nearby farmers, always in large quantities.

Her future plans include the buying of an automatic chili powder machine: currently the machine she owns is able to process 5 kg of chili peppers daily, while an automatic machine would allow her to process 15 kg of chili peppers daily. This would make a great difference for her, and she would be able to prepare enough chili powder to be sold outside of Mhaswad and also save time, allowing her to rent the machine to other women to make chili powder. She is also planning to buy a packaging machine (to seal the packages): currently she seals the packages all by hand with the heat of a candle, but a machine would allow her to be faster and more precise. Finally, she is working with Mann Deshi to develop her own brand, so that the packages will be recognizable when sold in Mhaswad but even outside of the city, in Mumbai and Pune. She will probably take out another loan to be able to buy the two machines she needs, but not before having repaid her debt to Mann Deshi.

Her success brought her to become the leader of a Self-Help group, made of 15 women. They have taken out a loan as a group, thus being each responsible of the repayment. She is in charge of collecting the amounts for the group and bringing them to the Bank in Mhaswad once a week. She soon became a model for many women and currently she is also engaged in motivating other entrepreneurs in nearby villages through meetings during which she talks of her own experience and the sources of her success.

This success has allowed her to sustain her family, which comprises 6 members, and to send her 2 children to school. She is indeed very proud of them: one is in the 7th standard and the other in the 3rd standard. The youngest one has passed the examination to get a monthly scholarship of 250 INR.

Like Sujata Mane B-School has been created more than 39000 graduates as on September 2011.

This will not be possible without the support of Mann Deshi’s donor.  Thank you very much to all the donors who have supported B-school for rural women.


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