Business School for rural women in India

by Mann Deshi Foundation

 13 and Married-

Ranjana looks like an ordinary 13-year-old girl. However, when you look at her neck, a gleaming gold mungalsutra is visible—that is because Ranjana is married. Five months ago, Ranjana was married to her twenty-year-old husband who resides in the village of Bacheri.

She dropped out of school when she was in eighth grade. As Ranjana grew and took on the responsibilities of a woman, her mother started to worry. Ranjana’s mother had concerns about her daughter’s safety because she was alone all day and living with an alcoholic father. Her solution was to get Ranjana married.

Now Ranjana is living with her husband and mother in law in Bacheri.  Her mother in law is against Ranjana going back to school because she does not want Ranjana to be more educated than her son. Her son is a wage laborer who tries to get work wherever he can—cutting sugar cane, building houses, and crushing stones. Mann Deshi has provided another alternative for Ranjana. Through skills based workshops such as tailoring, Ranjana will gain the ability to earn an income so she can support herself and her household.

Thank you so much to Mann Deshi Supporters !

Deshi MBA award Winner - Bharti
Deshi MBA award Winner - Bharti

Deshi MBA Award Winner - Bharti

Bharti emphasize the importance of providing the Financial Literacy Training by Mann Deshi B-school before handing over the loan amount from Mann Deshi. From this training, Bharti has developed understanding about saving, financial management, loan, insurance and investment. Bharti has adopted her understanding into her Tiffin services and catering business. This training has also convinced her to save money. Bharti says "Today I am truly satisfied with the fact that I am helping my family in the overall development". Bharti generates a net profit of Rs.15,000 from both the Tiffin service and the catering business. Initially, Bharti was making a net profit of Rs.8,000 per month. Now Bharti wants to develop her business further to provide an unprecedented example for different women in the society.

Bharti is one of the awardee of Deshi MBA Program 2016.

Thank you,

Vanita Shinde

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters, 

Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016 !!

I take this opportunity to thank Friends of Mann Deshi for your wholehearted support which enables us to continue our work in a systematic and sustained manner. 

“I have increased my confidence since joining the Deshi MBA program for rural entrepreneurs.   Also as I met more women through the program, it has helped to increase my clients and my business network.” says Jayanti

Jayanti has improved her small business of ladies garments & her business skills.

Jayanti further added “After joining the MBA program, I can understand the importance of Financial Management and also I got knowledge about to maintain Financial Diary for my business and it is very helpful to maintain incomes and expenses of my business.”

Through MBA program Jayanti got training in making pens. She has now started a new business of pen making and running two businesses successfully. Her monthly income increased from Rs.7000 to Rs.12000 and she started saving monthly Rs.500."

Your ongoing support has given us assurance to impact one million women entrepreneurs like Jayanti, in the coming five years. Like every year Mann Deshi Foundation looks forward to your ongoing support through Christmas Gifts donation.

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  1. Business School for Rural Women in India

Due to your support, till date Mann Deshi has been able –

o     To reach out to 0.2 M rural women entrepreneurs

Join Mann Deshi Foundation to create a sustainable and equitable future for all. If you need more information, please feel free to write to me at: /


Chetna  Sinha


Baby while doing doorstep marketing on her bike
Baby while doing doorstep marketing on her bike

Meet the remarkable woman who is transforming her lives with the Mann Deshi Foundation-

“The human mind is restless and continually wonders, but by sheer willpower one can tame one’s mind which allows you to achieve your dreams. Baby is testament to that.”

“My first job was that of a hospital helper. I earned 300 rupees per month. Unsurprisingly, I found it impossible to sustain my living expenses. I started weaving bamboo baskets. This increased my earnings to 700 rupees per month. I started selling my goods on a bicycle. I decided to start a shop but didn’t have enough capital to start store. So I went to the Mann Deshi bank which issued me a loan of 12000 rupees. I then shifted to selling my products on foot in the morning and spending the rest of the day at my store. I was able to save 500 rupees per month.

I then joined the Mann Deshi MBA programme. I received financial literacy and business management training which explained the principles, benefits and methods of saving, calculation of loan requirements, etc. I opened a food stall near a school that served tea, coffee and vadapav. My daughter in law also helps me at the stall. I got my daughter-in-law educated. I believe that apart from the various courses offered by Mann Deshi, the Mahotsav (producer-consumer festival) it organises is also very important. I earned 17000 rupees at the Mahotsav. I found that my business also grew as I received a lot of orders after distributing pamphlets at the Mahotsav.”-Says Baby.

Baby at her shop
Baby at her shop
Baby at her shop 1
Baby at her shop 1
Reshma at her shop
Reshma at her shop

Reshma says, “the Mann Deshi has shown us the way of life.”

Reshma comes from a poor family,due to her family conditions she was not able to continue her studies. Due to added responsibility on her father to finance the education of his three brothers, she got married early.

But condition of her husband family was also not that good. For first 2-3 years the income of her husband was not enough to fulfill their family needs.  One day, in the weekly market she receive the pamphlet for Mann Deshi Udyogini (B-school for rural women) and enrolled business development workshop from which she got an idea of starting a shop- stationary needed for marriage business. Now Reshma has started the shop.   Then she also enrolled financial literacy workshop through which in order to increase the business, she approached the Mann Deshi bank for the loan.

She took a loan of 10000 Rs for the first time and increased the business. And with the second loan of Rs15000 she bought a shop and stationary.

And for the third time she took a loan of Rs 20000 and increased the stationary and grocery. Before her income used to be Rs 8, 000 and now it is gone to Rs 30,000.

Reshma says, “the Mann Deshi has shown us the way of life.”


Reshma's shop
Women in the group discussion writing ,"who am I?"
Women in the group discussion writing ,"who am I?"
Creation of business plan through group discussion
Creation of business plan through group discussion



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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Chetna Sinha
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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