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 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.

Mar 5, 2012

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Nakusa riding on bicycle
Nakusa riding on bicycle

Nakusa Shivaji Masal : Zilha Parishad Primary School, Masalwadi :

Nakusa Shivaji Masal is a pupil in the school of Masalwadi, a small village close to Mhaswad.   She is one of the children who had the chance to receive a bicycle from the Mann Deshi Foundation.   Nakusa is twelve years old; she lives with her family and its seven members under a tent around the village since they are a very poor family. Nakusa is currently in her 7 standard. She passed with first class in the last year. She says that one of her special skills is to run. During the last years,  she took part in a local competition and she succeed to arrive second at the 800 meter running and third at 900 meter running at a Taluka level. Beside the competition, she also likes to study for school. 

Both her father, Shivaji  Masal, and her mother, Nagabai  Masal, are working in a brick factory far from the village. They are daily wage earner. Every day they are earning just enough money to buy the necessary food for their children. They have absolutely no security in case of problems like health issues for example. 

Once, the Mobile Business School (another project conducted by Mann Deshi) came in her village. The staff from Mann Deshi was introducing the different projects conducted by Mann Deshi at that time, and they talked about the Bicycle Program. While Nakusa was listening to the staff presentation, she was wondering about how great it would be to have a bicycle to go to school and if she could be one of those little girl to receive a bicycle from Mann Deshi. Right after the presentation, she run to her school teacher and told her what her idea was. So, her teacher went to the Mann Deshi and told her about Nakusa request...and this is how Nakusa got her bicycle.  As her mother takes part in a self-help-group in her village, she was already familiar with the Mann Deshi bank and foundation and therefore supported Nasuka in her request. Since then, she is enjoying her bicycle which changed her everyday life.

Nakusa lives at 3 km distance from school. As there are no transports facilities from where she lives to the school, she wouldn’t be able to arrive to school on time every day without her bicycle. She is the first child in her family to have a bicycle and she already inspired her smaller brother and sister. Her sister, who is now in the 4 standard, also comes to the school with Nakusa. 

Nasuka says that, with her bicycle, she is able to save a lot of time that she can devote to other activities such as studying for school.  When she got her bicycle, her friends asked her: “How have you done to get a bicycle?”. So Nakusa explain them about Mann Deshi and how she did to ask for her bicycle.

 Mann Deshi hopes that a Nakusa story will encourage other children to acquire bicycle in order to go to school and accomplish their education. Nakusa’s parents are willing to help her to pursue a higher education.

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