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.
Feb 21, 2017

Bicycle is like a wings...

bicycle is like wings for me
bicycle is like wings for me

“It is not a bicycle; it is like wings for me. Now, I can give more time for my studies, can reach school in time. I am very thankful to Mann Deshi who made it possible for a poor girl to seek education in Rayat Shikshan Sanstaha. I will try my best to fulfill the expectations of everyone”- Says Aishwairya

I, Aishwarya begin with the thought of great author V.S.Khandekar- “Human mind can’t be tied with the chains of the past tightly. It is blessed with the blessings of future like the wings of eagle. I have also seen a dream.”

I live with my parents and brother. My father was a farm laborer and the economical condition of the family was poor. My mother was doing her best to save money for our education. But as it was drought in our area, the family earning was so little to live. The condition became more severe as my father fell sick. All the savings of the family was spent on his treatment but in vain. We lost him.

It was a big loss for us. I go to school by foot. The distance is 4 Kms. My mother wishes and dreams that both her children would seek good education and become self reliant. Either of my parents was interested in education but poverty diverted them from it. Now, I have decided to fulfill their dream. My brother also studies.  We both go to work on holiday.

I like reading and always wins first prize in speech competition. My Headmaster helped me by selecting me for ‘Free Bicycle for Girl Students Initiative’ of Mann Deshi Foundation.

“It is not a bicycle; it is like wings for me. Now, I can give more time for my studies, can reach school in time. I am very thankful to Mann Deshi who made it possible for a poor girl to seek education in Rayat Shikshan Sanstaha. I will try my best to fulfill the expectations of everyone”- Says Aishwairya

Feb 21, 2017

The Pottery Woman

Savita - The Pottery Woman
Savita - The Pottery Woman

Savita says "I have never had the confidence to leave my home, but now I do all pottery business activity on my own. I especially make different idols, toys for the festive season and do set up a booth at strategic locations to catch the attention of customers". 

Savita one successful business women belong to Potter family. She got basic skills at mother place. Even after marriage she evolved into business of pottery with traditional business techniques she got help and proper training from Mann Deshi foundation and with this she expanded her business with help of first business loan of Rs. 20000 from Mann Deshi Bank.  Now her business has reach turnover of RS.72000 per annum. In the  various seminar organized by Mann Deshi she learn so many things like communication skills, time management, basic of business strategy, marketing, account credit and debit which is required for business success.

Savita acknowledges "Before I was doing the same business but I wasn't able to generate much income out of it. Now due to a better understanding of market and business practices, I can reduce my costs, so able to make more profit". Initially, she was earning Rs. 3,000 per months which has grown to Rs.6,000 per month.  Savita saves Rs. 350 monthly and is thankful for giving her confidence and opportunity to live respectfully.

Hand Painted Pottery design by young woman
Hand Painted Pottery design by young woman

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Feb 2, 2017

Vaishnavi - The Gold Medalist

Vaishnavi - The Gold Medalist
Vaishnavi - The Gold Medalist

"It’s been five years since I started to come to Mann Deshi Champions ground. My father is a farmer from Pulkoti village, which is 3 kilometers from the ground. I am fortunate to have my parents who are supporting me to become an international level athlete. In June 2016 I had participated in Mann Deshi Champions Health, Nutrition, and Coaching camp in Mumbai. Since then I am using the running techniques from the coaches who were at the camp and following my nutrition schedule which was given by the nutritionist.

Every day I practice at the Mann Deshi Champions ground in various running schedule from 5k to half marathon. I have won gold medals in several hill marathon and short distance running. I believe the crossfit multifunction gym could benefit all the athletes to gain the muscles and improve strength. At the moment to improve our strength we are running uphill on the Bhojling mountain range." - Says Vaishnavi

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