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.
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.

Sep 3, 2013

A Hope in Drought : Mann Deshi Cattle Camp

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters !

Thanks for having made the Cattle Camp possible !!

On behalf of Mann Deshi Foundation, Mhaswad (Taluka Mann,), I would be grateful you for your drought relief support to the cattle camp program.

Mann Deshi started cattle camp on 21st April, 2012.  Farmers had no option but to sell off their valuable assets animal because lack of fodder and water.  Mann taluka have not received rainfall from last 36 months.  At its highest level, in September-October 2012, there were up to 15,000 animals in the Camp. 6,000 families from more than 50 villages from the drought-prone area of Mann Taluka have benefited from the Camp. There, Mann Deshi provides fodder, cattle feed and water.  The state finances the fodder, but not the water which is the most expensive.  The cattle camp hosted the celebrations for several festivals: Bendur, Nag Panchi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and Independence Day.

Because of Your Support -

  • 15,000 animals were saved from slaughterhouse.
  • Mann Deshi started the construction of Nala Bandharas as a long term solution to conserve rain water. 
  • The Bandhara is constructed on the site where farmers from these villages will get benefit.  The Catchment area of each Bandhara is around 5 Sq. Mile & Mann Deshi is constructing 3 Bandaharas.

Indeed, the drought is since 2011, Mann Deshi wants to provide solution not just relief.  And Cattle Camp is a relief and not a solution. The solution is to conserve the rain water.  Mann Deshi has started the conservation of rain water through the rejuvenation and construction of new Nala Bandharas. We have already rejuvenated 12 existing Percolation tank.  This will recharge the water level in the area and will also help to solve the drinking water problem.   And recharging of water level can also use for farming.

Currently, Cattle Camp has 5000 animals.  This year, though it is September 2013, still no rain and it seems that this year will also go without rain.  Once again, we would like to thank you for your financial support in this program and for making all this possible, 

Yours sincerely,

Sep 3, 2013

Give a girl a bike : help her go to school

Rupali with her bike
Rupali with her bike

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Rupali lives in Awarvadi village which is a drought prone area and since last three years there is no drop of water.  Her father is a goat and sheep rearer.   Her village was hurt by drought so her parents have to move to another village for 7 to 8 months. Rupali has two brothers and she stays at her home with her brothers.  Her big brother is in 10th and younger one is in 5th std.  As both mother and father are migrated full responsibility fall on Rupali.  She cooks for her brothers & then goes to the school.  Because of scarcity of money, her brother also goes to cut the wood.  After finishing this work they go to the school.  School is 4m away from home; it takes more than one hour to walk.  Though this is the age of playing-jumping this children’s are working so hard to help their family.

Rupali has to walk 4 kms to her school. She is currently in 6th standard. Mann Deshi has donated bicycle to Rupali and now she can continue her studies.  She owns a Mann Deshi bicycle, and now saves hours every school day in travel time; time which she spends focusing on her studies.

The bighearted donation by Mann Deshi partners enables young girls like Rupali to overcome the challenges & fulfill their dreams. 

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