Business School for rural women in India

 
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 Dear Mann Deshi Donor’s

Mann Deshi Business School for Rural Women is a first MBA school to become a social entrepreneur.  The graduates of this school are semi/non-literate women.  After graduation women start/scale their businesses.  Women entrepreneurs in rural India face lot of challenge to run successful businesses.  Mann Deshi provides business & finance management skills with vocational trainings.  Mann Deshi believes, if the income of women increases they invest in children education & health.  Since started this program +85000 women has been benefitted from B-school.

A case in point is Kanchan Bhagat:   “I paid the debts of my father in law and ransom our plot”, says Kanchan.  Married at the age of 16, Kanchan 33 is a restless entrepreneur.  She first started a group that would do Kundan and Zari work but realizing the low profit margin, she started a business of preparing and selling snacks like chakali, chivda etc.  After attending the Mann Deshi Udyojika programme (MBA program), today she employs 9 women and her products are sold not onlyh in Satara but also in Pune.  She also provides mid-day meal to schools. She earns an annual income between 2 to 2.5 lakh rupees. On 1st February, 2013, Kanchan got an award from Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-School for Rural Women) for successfully participating in the Mann Deshi Udyojika Program. 

 Your support for B-School can help rural women to become a social entrepreneur. 

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Regards,
Mann Deshi Foundation

Pune Br inugration
Pune Br inugration

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters and Donors,

Mann Deshi is very much thankful for supporting Business School. Your support for Mann Deshi has enabled us to meet the needs of women in this area in terms of entrepreneurial development.

I am happy to share with you that on the auspicious occasion of Navratri Mann Deshi Foundation launched it’s Mann Deshi Udyogini branch (B-School for rural women) & Chamber of Commerce branch in Pune, Maharashtra on 7th
October, 2013. 

Mann Deshi transforms promising rural women into business role models by providing them with the training and services needed to achieve business growth, a better livelihood and improved well-being of their families.

Following are the courses that Pune branch conducts: Tailoring, Beauty Therapy, Computer Literacy,
Spoken English, Financial Literacy, Mehndi, Rangoli class, Seminar on Marketing etc..

Chamber of Commerce provide our clients with some basic and advanced financial and business knowledge required to develop or strengthen a business. The Chamber of Commerce allow them to develop their network, to benefit from a mentor and to gain market and capital access in addition of legal services. The chamber is also the platform that will help the clients to market their product in metropolitan areas. 

On 18th November, 2013 Dr. Asha Kanwar  President and CEO Commonwealth of Learning (COL) visited Pune Business School and Chamber of Commerce and following is her feedback which i would like to share with you :

"Thank you. I was really pleased to finally see for myself the wonderful things Mann Deshi is doing.
It was very kind of Chtena ji to give me the opportunity and for me to see the hope and excitement in the eyes of the participating women.There is hope for our country when people are working with such dedication and commitment. Do keep it up.”

Pune will be the largest city in which we will have operations.  After 15 years, Mann Deshi is now moving towards metropolitan cities and plans to reach further ONE MILLION ENTREPRENEURS. 

 Case Study : Vaishali Waidande, Wadgaon

When there is a Will there is a Way.

Most of the women have creative ideas  and are always ready to accept new challenges but most of the time their creative ideas remains ideas only,  and it is not executed. But, if given a chance it can be turned into miracle.

Vaidshali Waidande is from a small village called Wadgaon. Initially she  was  only  home-maker and used to help her family in their farm work to earn their livelihood, but Mann taluka begin a drought region people have to think  for other source of income to drive their family.

Vaishali  is SSC passed she has creative mind and willingness to do hardwork but there was no one to guide and support her so that she could have implemented her ideas . 

One  fine day Mann Deshi Foundation  Mobile Bus went their village and almost everyone in the village was surprised to see such kind of a bus.  Villagers came nearby the bus and tried to understand what exactly the bus was going to give to the villagers, at that time Vaishali also garthered all the information and came to know about
the various courses that Mann Deshi Foundation was going to provide to the women of the village. She was impressed by the idea that the foundation was going to give trainning in their village itself so that a women can mange her family and fulfill her requirement also. She made up her mind and enrolled herself for Tailoring and Beauty Parlour course.

In society there are so many women who have skill and talent to do something on their own but due to family restriction their talent remains hidden and they cannot prove their capabilities. The only urgent need is to create a favorable atmosphere to increase self employment for women and over all developments of the society.

Vaishali completed her course successfully and immediately started Tailoring business. Slowly and gradually she started earn good from her business. She wants to educated her children and make them independent so that they can get good job and improve their standard of living.

From Fianancial Literacy program I got to know how to manage our expenses so that we can save and invest for our future.

I have also opened my saving account in Mann Deshi Bank.

Again thank for your support to B-School. Mann Deshi appreciates our donors support.

Dr Asha Kanwar visit  to Pune br
Dr Asha Kanwar visit to Pune br
Dr. Asha Kanwar visit to Pune Branch
Dr. Asha Kanwar visit to Pune Branch
Vaishali Waidande
Vaishali Waidande
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.

Mann Deshi Successful Role Modles (Entrepreneurs).
Mann Deshi Successful Role Modles (Entrepreneurs).

A Unique Model: India’s rural business school for women

 Mann Deshi declared Mann Deshi Udyojika award for rural women entrepreneurs of Maharashtra.  Sixteen successful entrepreneurs were received award at Vaduj, on 1st February.  The Chief Guest of the Event was Spruha Joshi, a very well known popular and award winning actress (Uncha Maza Zoka fame Ramabai Ranade).  Also respective MLA’s from Mann Taluka and Khatav Taluka grace the ceremony.

During the award ceremony, Mann Deshi UDYOJIKA graduates conferred with certificates, trophy & prize money. Spirit of award is to honor those deshi women entrepreneurs who have successfully taken their enterprise to next level despite odd and adversity.  Purpose of the award is to admire successful business women and to disseminate the encouragement to other to be entrepreneurs. 

Story of Udyojika Rukmini Ashok More: (Mann Deshi Udyojika Award Winner 2013)

Rukmini More is originally a resident of village of Nimsod, district Satara of Maharashtra State. Rukmini got married when she was in only eight standard. Rukmini wanted to pursue her education further. After only one year of marriage she gave birth to her son and he is her only one child. At this juncture she had to take the responsibility of her child and also to earn her livelihood as her husband left her. She had to migrate several times from one place to another to earn her livelihood.

Initially she got settled in Pune for some years and started working as home maid. Despite the responsibility of a small child, she continued her education and she completed second year of graduation. Responsibility kept on increasing on her shoulder and she couldn’t pursue her education further. From Pune she migrated to Karad there she worked as a hospital maid. Finally she came to Satara there too she initially worked as a hospital maid.

There was something within her which always encouraged her to do some business of her own. She purchased a hand cart in Rs.1650/-.She used to sell local biscuits and chocolate on this cart in front of a hostel. Later on she started selling Vada Pav and Bhajiya (both are local snacks).Finally she got settled at Pavai Naka at satara. She is paying now rent of Rs.10 per day for the shop place.

She got in touch with Maan Deshi 9 years before. There she has undergone several programs of Manndeshi B-school such as Mann Deshi Udyojika program, Financial Literacy and paper bag making. Udyojika program and exposure visit got in the program helped Rukmini in understanding her business in a better way. Now she started making paper bag for selling Vada Pav and Bhajiya. She started daily saving with Mann Deshi bank. Now she could plan future and business candidly.

She learned money management in the B-school, took first loan from Mann Deshi Bank of Rs.10000/- to repair her hand cart. Second loan of Rs. 25000/- she took from Mann Deshi bank to get her ornament released from a local money lender. She took third loan from Mann Deshi bank of Rs.35000/-to do some construction work at the place of her shop.

She got her son married to a girl from local orphanage. As her son couldn’t do much in his career, Rukmini has to take the responsibility of her two grandsons and daughter in law also.

On 1st February, 2013, Rukmini got an award from Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-School for Rural Women) for successfully participating in the Mann Deshi Udyojika Program.  “With the award money she got, she has dream to get her two grandsons admitted in English medium school. "Says Rukmini

She wanted to have her own house in Nimsod (her native place) and live her remaining life there with dignity.

Mann Deshi transforms women with little or no education into successful entrepreneurs through financial literacy, management education and business training, linked with access to finance via its cooperative bank run by and for women. And this would not be possible without the support of Mann Deshi Donors.

Through its business schools in Mhaswad, Satara, Dahiwadi, Lonand and Vaduj,  Mann Deshi has empowered over 71,000 women in rural Maharashtra, of which over 42,000 have established micro-enterprises to date.

By July, 2013, Mann Deshi will inaugurate its business school in Pune to better link women in remote rural Maharashtra to the city as well as work with marginalised women there.

Most Sincerely,

Mann Deshi Udyojika Award Winner
Mann Deshi Udyojika Award Winner

                                        MANNDESHI UDYOJIKA PURUSKAR (Award) 

 “With the award money she got, she has dream to get her two grandsons admitted in English medium school. "Says Rukmini 

 UDYOJIKA:    UDYOJIKA is an initiative of the Mann Deshi Foundation (NGO) under its program ‘business school for rural women’ called UDYOGINI. Every Year UDYOJIKA extends support and training to selected rural women micro entrepreneurs facing different challenges, in terms of basic business training, networking, market linkage, exposure visit, fund raising and mentoring to help them to take their enterprises to the next level.

 MANNDESHI UDYOJIKA PURUSKAR:  This is a unique ceremony organized every year to acknowledge the achievement of rural underserved entrepreneur who have been able to manage her enterprise profitably despite lots of adversity and also shouldered the responsibility of her family and managed it successfully.

 OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the award is to honor successful businesswomen and to disseminate the encouragement to other to follow the same path of being entrepreneurship.

 This year too Mann Deshi Foundation celebrated the success of 16 design women entrepreneurs and acknowledged the achievement by conferring awards to them.

During the ceremony Mann Deshi UDYOJIKA graduates were given prize money, trophy with certificates. Achievement honours were conferred to those deshi women entrepreneurs who had successfully taken their enterprise to next level despite odd and adversity.

I would like to share story of one of the Awardee Mrs. Rukmini More:

(I) Rukmini Ashok More (Mann Deshi Udyojika Beneficiary at Satara Centre): Educated up to 12th standard, Rukmini worked as a housemaid. She gave up the housework for a job at a clinic in Satara, where she purchased a mobile stall, which she put up outside a hostel and sold items according to the requirements of the hostel students.  After the course she also sold snack items like wadapav and bhajiyas. She now owns and runs a snack shop. Rukmini also took training of making paper bags from B-school and now she herself makes paper bags and use for her business.  Rukmini, now dreams of sending her grandson in an English medium school. After a life long struggle, Rukmini now boasts of a monthly income of Rs.5,000/-

She got her son married to a girl from local orphanage. As her son couldn’t do much in his career, Rukmini has to take the responsibility of her two grandsons and daughter in law also.

 On 1st February, 2013, Rukmini got an award from Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-School for Rural Women) for successfully participating in the Mann Deshi Udyojika Program.  “With the award money she got, she has dream to get her two grandsons admitted in English medium school. "Says Rukmini

 She wanted to have her own house in Nimsod (her native place) and live her remaining life with dignity.

Thank you to Mann Deshi Supporters who help Mann Deshi to help these women to become a successful.

Rukmini More selling Vada Pav at bus station.
Rukmini More selling Vada Pav at bus station.

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