Business School for rural women in India

 
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business school for rural women in India

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,

Mar 19, 2013

business school for rural women in India

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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Dec 19, 2012

Business School for rural women in India

 

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

“B-School at woman’s doorstep”:  Mann Deshi Bank with B-school together has been able to reach +155,000 women and have provided them capital and business training. 60% of women have been able to start and expand their business successfully.

A Hope in the time of Drought-Mann Deshi Catte Camp” : Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water. Mann taluka is facing an acute drought situation in more than 185 villages. Since last 24 months there is no rain. In such a situation it is crucially needed to provide water to households by tankers and to arrange fodder and water in cattle camps in the areas.

Give a girl bike, Change her Life”:  Mann Deshi has given bicycle to more than 4000 girls.  Bike gives these girls an opportunity to carry on their advanced education.

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:

1.      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

For "GlobalGiving US" site, project report is located at:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girls-education-through-bicycles-in-india/updates/

For "GlobalGiving UK" site, project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/2000/proj1963d.html

2.      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.
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1/

3.      Mann Deshi Catte Camp : A Hope in the time of Drought. The Biggest cattle camp in India, providing water and fodder to animals. 2012 also went out without rain. No drop of rain since last two years.

For "GlobalGiving" site, your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mann-deshi-cattle-camp/updates/

For "GlobalGiving UK" site, Your project report is located at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/10700/proj10685d.html

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 www.globalgiving.com and search "Mann Deshi Foundation", or go directly to Mann Deshi's link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1/

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

Happy Holidays,

Yours Sincerely,
Chetna

 

 

 

 

Nov 19, 2012

business school for rural women in India

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters & Donors,

Mann Deshi is grateful for its donors support.  B-school has been reached over 50,000 women entrepreneurs. Mann Deshi is in a continuous dialogue with its clients and conducts interviews on a regular basis. The following story is example of the impact Mann Deshi makes on the local community:

                                       Story of Financial Education based on ODL Structure thorough B-school

                                          I.            Sangita Rajmane: Save More, Spend Less

Sangita Rajmane, one of the beneficiaries of financial literacy course and agriculture workshop of Mobile B-school.  Sangita also have saving account in Mann Deshi Bank. 

She is owner of small readymade shop and runs tailoring business.  Sangita has participated in financial literacy program of Mann Deshi.  Sangita says, “After participating in financial literacy course I improved my knowledge about “wise use of money”.  Without delay I opened saving account in Mann Deshi Bank and started saving Rs.500 per month.  Financial literacy taught me, Save More & More and Spend Less.”

Sangita further added that in agriculture workshop she learned about how to grow drumstick tree, how to do marketing of drumsticks, how to earn profit.  Also got information about Nursery of plants and how to take care of drumstick plants. After taking the course Sangita started bowing drumstick plants near her house. Nearly 700 plants she grows and sold for Rs.10 each.  Sangita also understood that parts of Drumstick trees have medicinal value and she is using juice, paste, power of seeds, flowers and leaves as a medicine for different purposes.  Also spreading her knowledge of “use of medicine” within community.

After her connection with Mann Deshi through financial literacy and agriculture workshop Sangita aware about the other courses that Mann Deshi provides.  Immediately she joined basic and advance tailoring course in Mobile B-school.  And it’s amazing that Sangita’s monthly income has been increased by Rs.2000/-

Thank you very much for your support in creating women entrepreneurs like SANGITA.

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Aug 23, 2012

Business School for rural women in India

                                             Journey from B-school to Management Institute

                                  (Unique combination of finance and a rural business school) 

 

Big thank you to support which enable Mann Deshi to transition from a training school to a management institute.

Story of Kerabai Khandekar: In 2006 Kerabai approach the bank to buy the mobile phone. At that time we felt why is she buying phone? Is her son forcing her to buy the cell phone and just for the sake of showing up? Our bank manger was advising her that why is she wasting her money? Kerabai said, “She is growing pomegranate and for the marketing she needs to contact traders for the market price of Pomegranate.” Kerabai also requested Bank to teach her how to operate cell phone. Business school conducts the course for electronic literacy for a day in which how to operate cell phone and calculator is taught. Bank advised Kerabai to take the course at Business school. After the course Karabai said, “She can contact traders for the sale of pomegranate and get better prices as price variates very fast and it is very necessary to sell the products as soon as possible once the prices are high. Even delay for a day can affect the price you get. It also helps to sale the product in time.” As Kerabai is located in remote village she can contact traders on phone and they can come to her field and buy the pomegranate.  Mann Deshi always grows with its clients like Kerabai.

 In short Mann Deshi bank plays the role of investor with patience and B-school plays the mentorship with understanding the situation.

 2012 year marks a turn in Mann Deshi Udyogini accomplishment. Mann Deshi launched B-School for rural women in December 2006 and reached to 46653 women graduates.   At the beginning, the school was focusing in vocational training such as tailoring, beauty parlor, food processing, veterinary and many other hobby courses. The courses were a success, and the demand was growing every year. Then, Mann Deshi, by observing the work of women entrepreneurs in rural area noticed that a lot of them were missing management tools. Therefore, since January 2010, the business school started to offer managerial training to its students allowing thousands of women to start a business or to extend their already existing one. Today, the managerial training is well established into the School and the business school is now a Management Institution. Mann Deshi is very proud of this program which is by far one of the biggest Mann Deshi’s accomplishments.

 Mann Deshi has been launched the First Chamber of Commerce for rural women in India. This program is the logical continuation of the Business School as hundreds of women are becoming entrepreneurs thanks to the business school and need a constant support to pursue their ambition. Mann Deshi is always trying to adapt its program, as much as it can, to the needs of its clients. The Chamber of Commerce will devote its time to support women entrepreneurs in rural area who face crucial barrier, providing them the necessary network to help them manage their business.

Most Sincerely,

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Chetna Sinha

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Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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