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Help Rural Women Gain Essential Business Skills

by Mann Deshi Foundation
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
Seema at her business premises
Seema at her business premises

Seema wanted to do something which will earn some money to bear household expenses. She was not having any work or business experience and hence she was not confident about starting new business. After   seeking   advice,   she   decided   to   start   soap   case   and   essence   stick manufacturing. Seema availed a loan to purchase required machinery, equipment and raw material. Her business started but was not operating smoothly. She was strongly willing to stabilize and grow her business but, lacked guidance to do so.

Seema got information about Deshi MBA program of Mann Deshi and quickly decided to enroll for it. She     gained knowledge of legal advisory and women rights with a lot of marketing experience through the workshop. Due to proper guidance, it became easier for her to market her products properly and grow her business. Seema was already keeping records of her     daily     transactions     and     after workshop she started using computer for      recordkeeping. As number of clients grew, she hired six women   to   work   for   her.   She   has recently started exporting the products to   other   cities.   She   had   to   bear   transport expenses which decreased the profit levels. So, Seema took a loan of 4 lacs (USD 6200) and purchased a transport vehicle.  Initially she used to earn INR 20,000 (USD 310) and now, it has gone up to INR 50,000 (USD 780) per month.

Her dream of giving better education to her children has become easier due to the business. Due to her perseverance and the growth of her business, villagers started respecting her and women consider her as their role model.

Thanks to global giving supporters !

Manisha Driving Tractor at her farm
Manisha Driving Tractor at her farm

The residents of Kolegaon village famously address Manisha as ‘Farm Engineer’. Despite of leaving school after 8th standard, she still managed to earn this respect due to her work. 

Few years back, Manisha would sell pomegranates from their garden to earn a living. However, owing to the meagre income and the seasonal nature of this business, she was left struggling to handle day to day expenses and send her children to school. Meanwhile, she got introduced to Mann Deshi through a mobilization drive in her village. She enrolled with Mann Deshi and learnt how to develop her own business, time management and self-management skills and financial management. Inspired by what she learned, she decided to start her own goat, cow and hen rearing business to compensate for the seasonal loss in agriculture. 

Manisha mentions that she gained the confidence that change her life after realizing that she was not alone. She used to be much isolated from the community. She had learnt electrical appliance repair but used to repair the appliances only in her own house and farm. With her increased confidence, she started helping others in the village to repair any faulty appliances. Today, villagers residing in Kolegaon and vicinity come to Manisha for many kinds for appliance repair. She repairs all types of motors, pumps, drives a tractor by herself and fixes any problems with electricity. 

Villagers ask her, “You’re just 8th pass and how do you always innovate and come up with solutions?” To which, Manisha blissfully replies, “This is an era of technology. Rest of the world is using so much technology so why should we stay behind?” 

Now, she is more active within her community and participates in social events regularly. She is very proud of where she is today because through her own hard work, she gained the respect and appreciation from her family and community members. She always recommends Mann Deshi to her friends so that they could also be helped the same way. 

Her children are her inspiration to work with dedication. She wants to provide higher education to both of her kids. Her daughter wants to be a doctor and son, an engineer. Manisha is confident enough that she’ll expand her business further to bear the educational expenses of her children.

Thank you so much for all GlobalGiving Supporters !

Manisha at her farm
Manisha at her farm
Manisha at her pomegranate farm
Manisha at her pomegranate farm

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Rupali with her employees
Rupali with her employees

Mann Deshi Ambassador for Digital Payments in Rural India:

"Integrating technology in business has enabled me to perform transactions worth lacks in couple of minutes, without any hassle" says Rupali. 

Rupali ran her traditional leather business which generated a meagre income of INR 4,000 per month. During a temple visit, Rupali saw leather musical instruments and got to know about its high price. She decided to invest in machines and expand her business by making musical instruments. 

Soon, Rupali enrolled for our Deshi MBA programme to gain enterprise development and financial literacy skills. A loan from Mann Deshi Bank enabled her to kickstart the musical instrument production. Business skills coupled with financial assistance increased her income to INR 20,000 per month. She regularly takes part in Business School's programmes for staying updated with technological advancements. 

Rupali pioneers in adoption of digital payments in her area. She uses ATM card, internet banking and accepts payments via digital methods. She is a role model and inspiration for her fellow women entrepreneurs.

 Thank you so much to all our Global Giving Supporters !

Rupali, Deshi MBA Award Winner
Rupali, Deshi MBA Award Winner

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Sunita, Mann Deshi
Sunita, Mann Deshi's Goat Doctor Madam

Mann Deshi's Goat Doctor Madam: Women Transforming India Award Winner....

Ms. Sunita from Mahud village in Solapur district was on her way to Delhi for accepting Women Transforming India Award. Worried about safety, her grandmother told Sunita, “No one from our seven generations has ever travelled to Delhi in an aeroplane. I’m proud of you. Don’t peep out of the plane and don’t keep your hands out of the window, be safe!”

Sunita couldn't complete her education and left schooling before completing matriculation. After marriage, she realized necessity to generate additional income to fulfill her family needs. Later, she contacted Mann Deshi and enrolled for the Goat Doctor's training. She got trained in goat insemination and goat-keeping from Mann Deshi. Defying all odds, she became first woman goat veterinarian in the region.  

Currently, Sunita works in about 50 villages and heads the team of 13 goat doctors. She also delivers training on goat-keeping to other women and looks forward to expand the area of operation. Sunita and her team have successfully inseminated more than 3,000 goats till date. 

Sunita has been awarded Women Transforming India Award by NITI Aayog, myGOV and United Nations India for admiring her work.

Sunita, who has never been on a stage even to accept a flower, delivered impeccable award acceptance speech in Delhi on Aug 29th.

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters, thank you so much for all your support.  

Sincerely Yours,

Finalist, Micro-enterprise, women exemplar program
Finalist, Micro-enterprise, women exemplar program

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Mann Deshi Entrepreneur
Mann Deshi Entrepreneur

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

I would like to share a story of Sanjana.  Sanjana is another successful entrepreneur associated with the Mann Deshi foundation.  Due to some inevitable events after her marriage, the entire responsibility of running the household fell on Sanjana’s shoulders. She started working as labourer at a farm. During this time, a friend introduced her to the Mann Deshi. After financial literacy class, she took a group loan of 15 thousand rupees from Mann Deshi and started a sugarcane juice centre.

She took part in the Mann Deshi marketing Mohotsav (marketing platform) and made a profit of 35 thousand. This profit was a result of sales only in 4 to 5 days of the Mohotsav. This increased her confidence in her entrepreneurial abilities and she was motivated to expand her business. She has a permanent juice centre now and made a profit of 1 lakh 20 thousands in the last summer.

She has attended several workshops of the Mann Deshi Business School. These were very beneficial for her, she says. She was very inspired by another Mann Deshi entrepreneur, the National Award winner Vanita Pise. After workshops, she has her own visiting cards, pamphlets and banners. She is glad to be a part of Mann Deshi and aspires to become a very successful businesswoman, an inspiration for her kids.

Thanks to Mann Deshi Supporters !

Sanjana running her juice center
Sanjana running her juice center
Sanjana running her sugarcane juice center
Sanjana running her sugarcane juice center

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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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