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.
Dec 9, 2011

Business School for Rural Women in India

Dear Mann Deshi Donors and Supporters,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

“B-School at women’s doorstep”:  Mann Deshi with B-school together has been able to reach +40,000 women and have provided them capital and business training. 60% of women have been able to start and expand their business successfully.  

“Give a girl bike, Change her Life”:  Mann Deshi has given bicycle to more than 2400 girls.  Bike gives these girls an opportunity to carry on their advanced education. 


  •  Reached out +100,000 rural women (saving account holders)
  •  Graduated + 40000 women through B-school and out of that 24,600 women have became successful business woman and 80% took loan from Mann Deshi Bank. 
  • More than 5000 women have been able to get the share in the household property
  • Launched the E-Card system, a more efficient, and accessible and secure means to deposit and withdraw money and view transaction history of Mann Deshi client 

This would not have been possible without our supporters and partners.  And as we come to the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to Mann Deshi’s success. 

The Mann Deshi aims to provide underprivileged rural women with the resources they need to improve their lives.  Mann Deshi works holistically to improve slummy women’s lives through a variety of financial services, business trainings and skills.

 Thus, we hope that you remember Mann Deshi when you think about buying gifts this holiday season.  Any donations you make will have a direct impact on the disadvantaged rural women and girls we serve, allowing them to improve their lives: your donation would truly be a gift that kept on giving.

Mann Deshi currently has three projects linked with Global Giving, a US and UK based organization that connects people with the countries and causes they are passionate about.  Global Giving is registered under 501c3 so that US donors receive tam exemptions.  For this donation Mann Deshi Foundation is registered under 80G and also has tax exemption.  Your tax-deductible donation will be wired directly to Mann Deshi Foundation from Global Giving. The projects you can contribute to are:

a)   Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-school for rural women in india) brings life skills and financial training to poor rural wage laborers, empowering them to become successful businesswomen. 

b)  The Freedom Ride Bicycle Program for Girls provides bicycles to girls in remote locations so that they can travel to school, and therefore complete their education

c)  Mann Deshi Champions (Sports Program) Mann Deshi's Champions Sports Program provides sport training to poor rural children, providing the opportunity to broaden their skills both physically and socially.

To make an anonymous donation, a donation on behalf of another person, or to donate as a gift in a friend's name, please visit and search "Mann Deshi Foundation", or go directly to Mann Deshi's link:

With many thanks and warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday season and New Year.

Happy Holidays,


Yours Sincerely,



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 !



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