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, 2013

Give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Poonam with her bicycle
Poonam with her bicycle

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project.

Poonam resides in small village called Dhaiwadi in Mann District. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people and as we know agriculture majorly depends on rain, but Mann district being drought
prone area from last three years there is no drop of water. Due to this it is very difficult for the people to meet their day to day expenses plus to educate their childrens.

Poonam is very brilliant student of her school, but her school is 5km away from her house and because of
this it is very difficult for her to reach school on time, many times she missed her scholarship class also. She cannot even demand cycle from her parents as their source of income is from farming which is a hard job in the drought prone area of Maharashtra.

One day Mann Deshi Foundation’s member visited her school to announces free distribution of cycle to the student. When she got this news she was very happy and thanks god for fulfilling her wish.

On 8th March  Mann Deshi Foundation distributed cycles in their school.

She says : now I am very happy as I reach school on time and don’t miss any of my lectures.

 I and my family would like to thanks Mann Deshi Fundation from bottom of our heart.

Nov 21, 2013

Give a girl a bike : help her go to school

Sheetal with her bicycle
Sheetal with her bicycle

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of the Bicycle Project.

I am Sheetal from small village called Pingali, studying in standard 9th. My father does farming but from last 3 yrs as there is no rainfall in our district he has to depend on other source to earn our livelihood and educate us. Our parents work hard for our education as it is their dream to see us working with good organization at good position in near future.

I  walk 5 km from my house to school and this consume lot of time in travelling, due to this I get very less time to do myself study and to play with my friends.

One fine day during our school hours a notice came to our classroom that Mann Deshi foundation is visiting
our school and they want to help students by distributing free bicycle,  who stay far away from school and finds its
difficult to attend classes just because of long distance. I really felt nice by listening this and my faith on god doubled. My teacher announced my name and it was like dream come true for me every congratulated me.

I thanked god for his help and promised him that I will study hard and fulfill my parents dream.

On 8th March, 2013 I got my bicycle.

I am really very much thankful of Mann Deshi Foundation. My father is also very happy and would like
to thanks Mann Deshi Foundation from bottom of his heart for helping him in educating his daughter.

Sep 6, 2013

Business School for rural women in India

Bainabai at her tea stall
Bainabai at her tea stall

Case study: Bainabai Sagar

Supported by Mann Deshi Business School, Bainabai was running her own Chai (tea) stall successfully.  She was a role model for women in rural Maharashtra and also led many Self-Help Groups. Bainabai was using her domestic LPG gas connection to run her stall, unaware that it was not permissible under the state law, until one day she was detained by the local police for using domestic gas for commercial purposes. 

After all the hard work and dedication she had put in her business, Bainabai felt insulted to be told that in the eyes of the law she had committed a crime. However Mann Deshi was able to provide justification on her behalf and Bainabai was soon freed from police custody. 

We are extremely proud that Bainabai again gathered the courage to re-establish her business using the appropriate gas and to return to her family. She is an idol for many women and girls in her community. Through this mistake, Mann Deshi was also able to recognize the need to ensure that its students must be provided with support to answer technicalities of setting up their business.

Inspired by Bainabai’s experience, a toll free telephone service was established offering women immediate access to trained local staff who can address any business related issues or queries. Bainabai’s resilience and the continued confidence of other women and girls in Mann Deshi’s Business School is evidence of its deep and meaningful impact on their lives.

In order to offer them the continuous support they need to ensure that women like Bainabai Sagar can effectively scale-up and sustain their businesses, Mann Deshi has established India’s First Chamber of Commerce for Rural Women in 2012 as a extension of B-school, with the support of the HSBC, British Asian Trust and the Clinton Global Initiative. As a forward-thinking organisation, Mann Deshi constantly seeks to innovate and enhance the services it provides to India’s rural women. Learning from its experiences on the ground, Mann Deshi realises that equipping women with the skills and access to finance they need to set up micro-enterprises is only the first step in their journey.

Mann Desh has established 7 bank branches, 7 b-school branches and 3 mobile business schools. Mann Deshi’s Mobile Business School is a custom-built bus used by Mann Deshi Udyogini to reach women in the remotest areas.

Mann Deshi Bank has reached +185,000 account holders.  Through its B-School Mann Deshi has attracted nearly 71,000+ students to business and mobile business schools, with 42,000 women has set up and/or grow their own businesses.

Thank you once again for Mann Deshi Donor’s generosity. Without their support it may not be possible.

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