Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,
Business School for Rural Women
Business School for Rural Women aims to provide technical, financial and marketing skills for women and girls to start and improve small enterprises. More than 50% of women in the Satara district either drop out of formal education or fail the 10th standard. Without this education, job opportunities are extremely limited. Most women without this education end up as day laborers with unstable wages.
The Mann Deshi Micro Business School for Rural Women provides these women with business and management training need to move from wage labor to micro-enterprise. The school curriculum also offer guidance on business start up, including loan options for seed capital. Because many young girls drop out of high school due to financial or cultural constraints (later being to get married off at an early age), Mann Deshi through business school creates entrepreneurial opportunities for students to assimilate to rural job markets and strengthen economically weak communities.
Mann Deshi Business Schools are set-up and run alongside Mann Deshi Bank. The two organizations complement each other in empowering and promoting the development of poor and vulnerable women. Our business schools provide coursework and practical training on various aspects of entrepreneurship. Women who enroll in our courses are able to utilize our banks’ financial and non-financial services towards their households and businesses in a more informed and effective manner.
Through business school more than 27000 women have graduated. CNN-IBN of India did the story on Mobile business school in Maharashtra.
Thousand Deshi Entrepreneurs: (hazaaro deshi Udyojika)
Mann Deshi Foundation, Mhaswad launched a new visionary project titled “Deshi Entrepreneur” Under the project we have mission to create business entrepreneurs as a role model help 1000 micro or small women entrepreneurs, to grow from micro to bigger and medium sized successful entrepreneurs in next 5 years. To achieve this vision 250 deshi entreperners have been selected in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The aim of this program is to make these women entrepreneurs aware about various details ranging from, how to start a business to different aspects of marketing.
As we want these women not just to become leading and successful entrepreneurs but also roll model for others in coming future, we tried to give them maximum experiences through multiple layered interaction & support to them. Through drama / play they were made to understand the whole gamut of any business.
Story of Balubai Jaggu Jadhav (Successful Deshi Entrepreneur):
Balubai Jaggu Jadhav lives in Shingnapur. She worked as a daily wage labourer. Her husband married another woman and she filed for divorce. But her husband transferred their farmland to someone else and refused to appear for court dates.
Mounting expenses and the need to support her Daughter and her daughter’s children led Balubai to start a ‘mase’. Still she continued to face many problems. This made her to take a loan from Mandeshi Mahila Bank .With the loan money she started a Bhasma Business and become the member of a self help group. She is also one of the participant of Deshi Entrepreneur's program. This program helps her to do marketing of her business and she also learnt to maintain financial diary. Today she is self sufficient and looks after her family well.
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