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 25, 2012

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Balabai Masal with her bike
Balabai Masal with her bike

                                                                Balabai's Bicycle

Balabai is an 11 years old girl. She is one of the children who acquired a bicycle from Mann Deshi. She, and the 10 members of her family, is living all together in a house around Masalwadi village. Balabai has 7 sisters. Unfortunately, her mother died a few years ago so her and her 7 sisters are living with their father who has to take care of them alone. Her father is a goat and sheep breeder; he also works in the field.

Balabai is in the 5 standard and she passed her last year with a second grade. Her house is at 4 km distance from school and before having a bicycle she had to walk the all way every day as there is no bus facility in her village. Now that she has a bicycle, she is saving a lot of time every day and she is using this free time to go to study for school and to do some housework. Balabai’s father wants her to pursue a higher education even though, they are very poor and he doesn’t know if he will be able to afford a higher education. All the money he earns is used to buy the necessary food for the family.

Balabai has 2 younger sisters who also go to school by bicycle with her. The bicycle is in fact useful for the three girls. Before hearing about the bicycle program, her family had no relation with the Mann Deshi Foundation and today when her friends are telling her that they also want a bicycle, she just answer: “yes, you will also go to Mann Deshi!”.

May 24, 2012

Business School for Rural Women in India

Mann Deshi Mahila using technology
Mann Deshi Mahila using technology

                                        Journey from B-school to Management Institute

                                  (Unique combination of finance and a rural business school) 

Story of Kerabai Khandekar: In 2006 Kerabai approach the bank to buy the mobile phone. At that time we felt why is she buying phone? Is her son forcing her to buy the cell phone and just for the sake of showing up? Our bank manger was advising her that why is she wasting her money? Kerabai said, “She is growing pomegranate and for the marketing she needs to contact traders for the market price of Pomegranate.” Kerabai also requested Bank to teach her how to operate cell phone. Business school conducts the course for electronic literacy for a day in which how to operate cell phone and calculator is taught. Bank advised Kerabai to take the course at Business school. After the course Karabai said, “She can contact traders for the sale of pomegranate and get better prices as price variates very fast and it is very necessary to sell the products as soon as possible once the prices are high. Even delay for a day can affect the price you get. It also helps to sale the product in time.” As Kerabai is located in remote village she can contact traders on phone and they can come to her field and buy the pomegranate.  Mann Deshi always grows with its clients like Kerabai.

 In short Mann Deshi bank plays the role of investor with patience and B-school plays the mentorship with understanding the situation.

 2012 year marks a turn in Mann Deshi Udyogini accomplishment. Mann Deshi launched B-School for rural women in December 2006 and reached to 46653 women graduates.   At the beginning, the school was focusing in vocational training such as tailoring, beauty parlor, food processing, veterinary and many other hobby courses. The courses were a success, and the demand was growing every year. Then, Mann Deshi, by observing the work of women entrepreneurs in rural area noticed that a lot of them were missing management tools. Therefore, since January 2010, the business school started to offer managerial training to its students allowing thousands of women to start a business or to extend their already existing one. Today, the managerial training is well established into the School and the business school is now a Management Institution. Mann Deshi is very proud of this program which is by far one of the biggest Mann Deshi’s accomplishments.

Big thank you to our donors support which enable Mann Deshi to transition from a training school to a management institute.

Apr 17, 2012

Mann Deshi Champions (Sports Program)

D.T. Dhebe raises his arms after winning the 10km
D.T. Dhebe raises his arms after winning the 10km

Dear Mann Deshi Champion Supporters,

            3000 runners compete at the Mann Deshi Mini-Marathon, in Mhaswad, Maharashtra

 On Sunday, January 22nd, the village of Mhaswad, in the district of Satara, Maharashtra, hosted the 1st Mann Deshi Mini Marathon.  3196 competitors hailing from all over the district ran distances ranging from 1km to 10km. The event was organized by the Mann Deshi Foundation, an organization based in Mhaswad, which works for the empowerment of the underprivileged in the rural communities of Maharashtra.

The Mann Deshi Foundation has launched the Mann Deshi Champions Sports program, providing the children of Mhaswad and neighboring villages with sports facilities and training in a region that offers few opportunities in athletics. “We find sports to be imperative to the full development of the children and we want to offer them access to safe infrastructures, often inaccessible in rural India. There is a strong link between sports involvement and youth development. It promotes their social development and team working, and increases a child’s feeling of self worth and confidence through the membership of a team. We didn’t expect the overwhelming support we have received.

After sending out letters to schools in the area, we were amazed to see more than 250 kids from Mhaswad register for the program in the first month alone.” – says Mrs.Chetna Sinha, Founder of the Mann Deshi Foundation.

The twelve races all ended with a lap around the brand new Mhaswad running track, which was built by the Mann Deshi Foundation in December 2010. The runners were joined by more than 1000 supporters for the award ceremony, and all of the winners were welcomed on stage with spectacular cheers. The trophies and certificates were handed out by the mayor Vaishali Lokhande, Doctor Vasant Masal, the deputy mayor of Mhaswad, members of the Municipal Council, and trustees of the Mann Deshi Foundation. In addition, former athlete Shri Ramesh Tawde, and M.L.A. Jaykumar Gore were present to congratulate the winners and address the audience.  

This will not be possible to organize a huge competition without the support of our donors.  Look forward for your regular support.

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