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.
Nov 29, 2012

give a girl a bike: help her go to school

Rupali with her Grandfather & Grandmother
Rupali with her Grandfather & Grandmother

 

“My teacher gives punishment to me, as I reach school late”, Says, Rupali, age 15 years old.

Rupa says, “My school is 3 km far from my home. As I walk daily to the school, sometimes I reach late. And teacher gives punishment to me.  My Mother & Father expired when I was four years old.  I have one brother & sister. I am younger one. My sister got married.  I & my brother live with our grandfather & grandmother. 

 I always felt lonely as like other girls I do not have mother & father to take care.  I saw other girls coming by bicycle and always felt that, if I also have cycle, I will reach school on time and the teacher will not punish me. 

One day I was at “Mann Deshi Cattle Camp” with my grandfather and grandmother. I saw that Ms. Asha (another girl on Cattle Camp) got a bicycle from the Mann Deshi Foundation. I asked Asha, why the Mann Deshi Foundation gave you a bicycle? What is the idea behind it? 

I understood that the Mann Deshi Foundation donates bicycles to the poor, needy girls, so that they can continue their education.  I came to the Mann Deshi with my grandfather & grandmother and apply for a bicycle.”

After seeing her condition Mann Deshi donated bicycle to Rupa. While donating bicycle Rupa told, “This was my dream to have a bicycle. I always felt bad that I get punishment from my teacher. Now nobody will punish me and bicycle will help me to reach the school in time. I am in 10th grade now. My grandfather & mother are very old.   I want to become an independent as earliest as I can.   I would like to become a stick for my grandfather & grandmother and support them. ”

 Thanks to the supporters of Mann Deshi Bicycle Program.  Because of you the girls like Rupa can see & achieve their dream. 

Nov 29, 2012

A Hope in Drought : Mann Deshi Cattle Camp

Founder Chetna Sinha, discussing with farmer women
Founder Chetna Sinha, discussing with farmer women

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Mann Taluka is witnessing unprecedented drought.  Due to the non-availability of fodder and water, the number of animals dead is unprecedented and has to be sold cheaply to butchers. For the last 2 years, there has been no rain in Mann Taluka.   Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water.

In such a situation, the Mann Deshi Foundation felt a responsibility to serve the local community.  To help, the foundation started a Cattle camp, providing water and fodder to animals in the Mhaswad village on 21st April, 2012.  There were 12,936 animals as on 20st sept., 2012 in the cattle camp from 52 villages, current number is +3000.  Mann Deshi farmers have been living in the cattle camp for the last six months.

Mann Deshi Foundation & Mann Deshi Bank operates in Satara district & Karanataka district of Maharashtra.  Mann Deshi runs business school for rural women, community radio & chamber of commerce.  Mann Deshi has been reached to +155000 clients.  Because of drought Mann Deshi Foundation started focusing on water issues.

In 2012, Mann Deshi Foundation rejuvenated existing 12 Bandharas by removing dirt with the cooperation of respected collector, Satara.  This has resulted to store at least little water in the Bandharas.  Mann Deshi Foundation has started constructing cement concrete Bandharas through a chain system for drinking water in Mhaswad.  It will recharge the water level in area and also solve the drinking water problem.

Mann Deshi Foundation appeals to support generously and help farmers in this situation.  Your donation will give relief to drought affected people in Mann taluka. 

Health camp is organized at cattle camp for farmer
Health camp is organized at cattle camp for farmer

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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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