Business School for rural women in India

by Mann Deshi Foundation
Kalpana at her shop
Kalpana at her shop

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

With your support, Kalpana is running a Carpentry Business successfully.

Kalpana is a lively young woman with an infectious smile. Married at seventeen, she is running carpentry business. She buys wooden planks that she crafts into elaborately carved doors. Kalpana first heard of Mann Deshi from her neighbour. She enrolled in financial literacy & enterprise development program of Mann Deshi and has taken a loan of Rs. 20,000. Now she could purchase new tools to improve productivity.  As a result, her business and profits have increased. Every month, she makes about ten doors, and during the summer months, when construction work in the area is at its peak, business is brisk.

“After attending a financial planning workshop organized by Mann Deshi, I opened a weekly post office recurring deposit account. An increase in my income also gave me the comfort to make some house improvements like addition of two rooms to our home and is in the midst of building a toilet. I plan to take another loan soon to buy a hole-punching machine which will help in further expansion of my business.”- says Kalpana

Thank you so much !




Dhanashree at her grocerry shop
Dhanashree at her grocerry shop

Dhanashree - Rising Above Physical Disability

Dhanashree, the grocery shop owner and milk vendor, is a beneficiary of the Deshi MBA program of Mann Deshi B-school.  She learned about doing business activities efficiently in the Deshi MBA program.

Dhanashree says "If I take help from other, I get the feeling of being a handicap. Now I have trained myself to do all tasks single handed, and it feels very normal to me. I used to do a lot of commercial activities but wasn't generating equivalent income. One day, Mann Deshi staff visited my house and explained the group of women about the business management, budget and saving ".

"My initial monthly income was Rs. 4,000 which has now reached to Rs. 16,000. I can provide modern facilities to my children like recently I bought a laptop for their development. Despite I lost my hand, I continued my work, and with the guidance and knowledge from Mann Deshi, I don't want to stop now. I want my kids to gain higher education and increase my business like never before" Says Dhanashree

Thanks to Global Giving as this all possible because of Global Giving Supporters.

Thank you,

Vanita Shinde

Dhanashree at her farm
Dhanashree at her farm
Dhanashree working at home
Dhanashree working at home
Dhanashree at her farm
Dhanashree at her farm


 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.

You can visit Global Giving link to make a donation for Christmas Gift -

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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



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Mann Deshi Foundation

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

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