Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills

by Mann Deshi Foundation
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Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills
Uma Chavan Repairing Motor-bike
Uma Chavan Repairing Motor-bike

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

“I have the knowledge of doing my job but not of making this into a successful business. I want to buy our own place and machinery,’’ Ms. Chavan said.

Uma Chavan, a 27-year-old from Lonand Village in Satara, had been taught basic mechanical skills like repairing tire punctures by her husband. She enrolled at the Mann Deshi B-school and now hopes to open her own garage and include another small scale business of grinding masala.

Any woman who walks in the Mann Deshi Business center is encouraged and trained to be financially independent. If they aspire to develop a particular skill, we rope in trainers and experts to impart that knowledge.

The main purpose of Mann Deshi Udyogini (Business School for Rural women) project is to improve the economic status of rural women entrepreneurs thereby contributing to poverty reduction, improved livelihoods and gender equality.

110,000 women have taken courses with Mann Deshi B-School.  This will not be possible without Mann Deshi donors support.

Most Sincerely,

Uma Chavan- Two/Four Wheeler Repairer
Uma Chavan- Two/Four Wheeler Repairer

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photo schwab foundation award winner-chetna sinha
photo schwab foundation award winner-chetna sinha

Chetna Sinha, the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award

On 11 November, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY)-India award.

Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, established in 1997, headquartered in Mhaswad, Maharashtra, aspire to create 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India by 2020. The group manages three institutions that together help create alternate livelihoods and incomes for rural women: a women-owned rural cooperative bank that extends a range of financial services; a rural mobile MBA school that offers skill and entrepreneurship training; and a chamber of commerce that facilitates market and policy linkages.

Sujata Mane started out in business with a small sweet shop, a farm field, and a buffalo. She accessed the Mann Deshi Bank for a loan to buy a noodle machine. The Bank referred her to the Mann Deshi Foundation and recommended she enroll in a financial literacy class and a self-help group to improve her chances of success. After paying off the loan, she took another in order to buy a chili-power machine. She later borrowed enough to expand her small sweet shop into a larger grocery store. She began concentrating on branding her products, using skills she learned with Mann Deshi. Meanwhile, she also started seeing profits from her plot of agricultural land, thanks to the assistance of Mann Deshi’s agricultural training programming. She is now so busy that she employs her husband to distribute her products. Sujata is now the leader of her self-help group, a graduate of the Deshi MBA program, a landowner, and a provider for six family members.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving Donors!!

Sujata Mane - Successful Entrepreneur
Sujata Mane - Successful Entrepreneur

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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. 

We’ve simplified the donation procedure, allowing supporters to donate by clicking on the url http://globalgiving.org/projects/business-school1. What better way to celebrate Christmas than by sharing what you have with neighbors who are in need of assistance to meet their basic needs? Your generosity will have a positive impact on people who are in need, as well as the larger community. Every gift matters. Please, won’t you decide to make a difference today?

Regards,
Mann Deshi Foundation

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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
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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.

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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @MannDeshiOrg
Project Leader:
Chetna Sinha
President
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India
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