Business School for Rural Women in Maharashtra

 
$101,328
$23,672
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Remaining
Dec 14, 2009

Mann Deshi Business School update

Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of the Business School. The past few years have shown tremendous growth as we have opened three branches of business school and two branches of mobile business school.

Mann Deshi Business School’s mission is to provide poor rural women with business and financial training as well as the confidence and access to financial services that are necessary for them to become financially independent and self-sufficient.

Business School has enabled more than 6,000 women to set-up and scales their businesses in rural Maharashtra and Karnataka. Having sustained its operations over 3 years, business school has provided trainings to more than 12,000 women entrepreneurs.

In the next three years, business school aims at transition of the business school from mainly vocational training to becoming a general management training program which enables women to run their businesses more efficiently thus increasing their profitability. Your support has helped us to develop Micro-MBA program for non literate women.

We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in for our future projects.

Affectionately, Chetna

May 25, 2009

Expansion and Financial Inclusion

Dear Business School Supporters and Donors:

Thank you for your continued support of the Business School. The past few years have shown tremendous growth as we have opened branches in three locations – Mhaswad, Vaduj, and Dahiwadi. We have also begun to launch our Mobile Business School, which will provide a mobile classroom to reach women in rural villages who are unable to attend courses due to social and economic barriers.

Enrollment in our financial literacy course increased from 5,304 students in December 2008 to 5,701 students in March 2009. Other popular courses include computer literacy, English speaking, and basic tailoring. A veterinary camp to vaccinate and immunize the farm animals of our clients was very successful as over 850 students participated.

Our future plans include expansion of our course offering and further financial inclusion of women through the expansion of their micro-enterprises. This includes exposure visits for idea generation, a marketing center to connect suppliers and consumers, and the launch of SmartCard technology to streamline processes and increase efficiencies between the Bank and the Business School. The Business School plans to open two more branches in the near future in Satara and Solapur where demand has been expressed by the Bank’s clients.

We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in for our future projects.

Affectionately, Chetna

Feb 1, 2009

A Land and Premises for the Business School

Dear Supporter and Donors,

We are writing to you to inform you of some exciting news. Due to its success, Mann Vikas Samajik Sanstha now needs more space to expand its operations. The unprecedented rapid growth of the Mann Deshi Udyogini Business School for Rural Women means that our NGO needs to move to a new location to be able to fulfil the demand for courses.

This expansion is vital, therefore Mann Deshi has recently purchased land in Mhaswad on the Satara Road and is in the process of drawing up plans for a new building to house the NGO and Business School. From this building we will be able to double or triple the number of women we are helping to gain new skills and set up businesses so that they can attain greater financial independence.

The success of business school has motivated Mannvikas Samajik Sanstha to have their own building for business school. Estimated cost of the land is Rs.45,00,000 lacs.

We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in this instance.

Affectionately,

Chetna

Feb 29, 2008

A Business School Success

Bainabai began her own chai stall after taking Business School c
Bainabai began her own chai stall after taking Business School c

Bainabai, who is forty-five years old, overcame an early life of tragedy and challenges to become one of Mhaswad’s most driven and respected micro entrepreneurs.

Married at the age of nine to a heavily drinking man who had never held a steady job, Bainabai faced abuse at the hands of her mother-in-law and endured the harsh treatment of her husband’s family. She finally moved to Bombay with her husband and children at the age of fifteen, but struggled in the city to provide for her children, who were continually sick and unhealthy.

She finally made the decision to return to Mhaswad, and left her husband to begin a new life with her children. Since, she has risen from wage labor work to owning her own chai stall business, leading SHG groups, and using Mann Deshi bank services to enhance her business and livelihood.

Bainabai will say that for the first time in her life, she feels truly happy. The confidence and respectability she has gained, as well as the range of business skills such as understanding interest rates, negotiating financial transactions and marketing SHG groups has added enormously to her life. As a businesswoman who has risen from difficult circumstances, she is a figure of respect in the community, and someone whose advice is often sought by other women interested in microfinance.

She still faces certain struggles; her husband returns from Bombay every six months and demands money and upsets her children. She has also faced difficulty with the municipality and has been forced to relocate her stall several times. Despite it all, she remains optimistic about her future, and is happy to finally be sending her youngest daughter to school with a full lunch box and high quality clothes. Her daughter is in 12th standard, an amazing achievement, and Bainabai has high hopes for her higher education.

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Project Leader

Chetna Sinha

President
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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Map of Business School for Rural Women in Maharashtra