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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
Rupali at her Juice Center
Rupali at her Juice Center

Dear all,

I would like to share a transformative journey of Rupali.

Rupali lives in Bidal village with her husband and children. She lost her mother at a young age, and had to shoulder family responsibilities since then. Rupali could only complete her education up to Class 7, and was married off at the young age of 15. Her husband was a wage labourer, and barely earned enough to sustain their family.

Rupali wanted to contribute towards the family income. She decided to earn some money through livestock rearing and bought two cows. With the money she raised from selling their milk, she managed to buy two more cows. However, Rupali lacked capital to expand the business further and so decided to take a loan. She availed a loan of INR 30,000 from the Mann Deshi Bank. With this money, she decided to start a hotel business. She had heard about the programmes offered by the Mann Deshi Business School and decided to enroll her in the Deshi MBA programme. Through the workshops and exposure visits, she learnt about business management and expansion and gained business skills like marketing, building customer relations, accessing new markets etc. She also learnt about financial management such as budgeting, availing loans and maintaining savings, through the financial literacy workshops.

Today, Rupali’s hotel business is doing very well, and she has also recently opened a juice center. Before taking the DMBA course, her income was INR 6,000, while now she earns INR 9,500.

Rupali says ‘I am proud of where I am today, as I got here through my own hard work. I also gained the respect and appreciation of my family and community members. I am now more active within my community and participate in social events regularly.’

Thank you so much for all Global Giving supporters without which this would have not been possible !

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Sangeeta with her goat
Sangeeta with her goat

Sangeeta’s Journey Towards a Sustainable Livelihood:

Sangeeta is a farmer from Goregaon. She owned two goats but did not make enough revenue to make ends meet. Even after much care, the goats did not give birth to any kids and she had thus decided to sell off the goats.

However, her son heard of the Goat Paravet programme through a marketing pamphlet of the Mann Deshi B-school for rural women. She later called the foundation to avail more information regarding the same. She participated in the insemination programme of the goats and after 5 months, her goats gave birth to 3 kids. She then inseminated her second goat, who produced a female goat thereafter. After 4 months, the 3 goat kids were sold for 35,000 /- which greatly contributed to her income. She had never seen this inflow of revenue before.

She says, “I was able to earn additional income and learn about Artificial Insemination, thanks to the efforts of the Mann Deshi”.

Thank you so much for all Global Giving supporters !

Goat Vaccination program of Mann Deshi
Goat Vaccination program of Mann Deshi
Goat Vaccination program of Mann Deshi 1
Goat Vaccination program of Mann Deshi 1

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Meera at her hotel
Meera at her hotel

 “A year ago, I used to only cook at our hotel because I am not well-educated. I was under the assumption that I would not be able to manage the accounts and other financial aspects of my business. But since I have started attending Mann Deshi Foundation’s Deshi MBA program, ‘a fire has been ignited in my belly’. Now I have employed a woman who needed employment to cook in my hotel, and I myself sit at the reception desk and look after the accounts. I settle the bills and even keep a record of the small loans. I feel confident and have started saving money too. I sincerely thank Mann Deshi for transforming my life.”

Thanks to GlobalGiving supporters.

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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.

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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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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
Website:
Twitter: @MannDeshiOrg
Project Leader:
Chetna Sinha
President
Mhaswad, Maharashtra India
$179,310 raised of $250,000 goal
 
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