Business School for rural women in India

by Mann Deshi Foundation
Jan 5, 2011

Business School for rural women in India

Computer literacy through Mobile Business School
Computer literacy through Mobile Business School

Dear Mann Deshi Friends and Supporters,

                                                    Business School for Rural Women 


 Business School for Rural Women aims to provide technical, financial and marketing skills for women and girls to start and improve small enterprises. More than 50% of women in the Satara district either drop out of formal education or fail the 10th standard.  Without this education, job opportunities are extremely limited.  Most women without this education end up as day laborers with unstable wages. 

The Mann Deshi Micro Business School for Rural Women provides these women with business and management training need to move from wage labor to micro-enterprise.  The school curriculum also offer guidance on business start up, including loan options for seed capital. Because many young girls drop out of high school due to financial or cultural constraints (later being to get married off at an early age), Mann Deshi through business school  creates entrepreneurial opportunities for students to assimilate to rural job markets and strengthen economically weak communities.

Mann Deshi Business Schools are set-up and run alongside Mann Deshi Bank. The two organizations complement each other in empowering and promoting the development of poor and vulnerable women. Our business schools provide coursework and practical training on various aspects of entrepreneurship. Women who enroll in our courses are able to utilize our banks’ financial and non-financial services towards their households and businesses in a more informed and effective manner.

Through business school more than 27000 women have graduated.   CNN-IBN of India did the story on Mobile business school in Maharashtra.

Thousand Deshi Entrepreneurs: (hazaaro deshi Udyojika)

Mann Deshi Foundation, Mhaswad launched a new visionary project titled “Deshi Entrepreneur” Under the project we have mission to create business entrepreneurs as a role model help 1000 micro or small women entrepreneurs, to grow from micro to bigger and medium sized successful entrepreneurs in next 5 years. To achieve this vision 250 deshi entreperners have been selected in Maharashtra and Karnataka.  The aim of this program is to make these women entrepreneurs aware about various details ranging from, how to start a business to different aspects of marketing.

As we want these women not just to become leading and successful entrepreneurs but also roll model for others in coming future, we tried to give them maximum experiences through multiple layered interaction & support to them.  Through drama / play they were made to understand the whole gamut of any business.

Story of  Balubai Jaggu Jadhav (Successful Deshi Entrepreneur):

 Balubai Jaggu Jadhav lives in Shingnapur. She worked as a daily wage labourer. Her husband married another woman and she filed for divorce. But her husband transferred their farmland to someone else and refused to appear for court dates.

Mounting expenses and the need to support her Daughter and her daughter’s children led Balubai to start a ‘mase’. Still she continued to face many problems. This made her to take a loan from Mandeshi Mahila Bank .With the loan money she started a Bhasma Business and become the member of a self help group.  She is also one of the participant of Deshi Entrepreneur's program.  This program helps her to do marketing of her business and she also learnt to maintain financial diary.  Today she is self sufficient and looks after her family well.

 Major Milestones and article:

Impact to Date:

  • 5 business schools and 2 mobile business schools set up.  Planning to start one Mobile Business School in this year.
  • 27,453 rural women graduated
  • More than 10,000 agri-businesses set up and improved as a result of business schools
  • Partnership with LGTVP, BAT, Satara Foundation, Ubuntu at work, Bonita Trust, Dasra, NABARD 
  • Implementing Mini MBA program for ‘1000 Deshi Entrepreneurs’ project – Provides learning modules on management of working capital, marketing of the goods/services and supply chain management.  
  • Partnership with Education Department Satara Zilha Parishad : providing advance computer literacy training to primary school girls.
  • New business school is opened in Satara which is district place and Hubli in Karnataka 
  • To promote sports culture among youth particularly girls Mann Deshi Foundation has started “Mann Deshi Champion”.  Our aim is to build national level sports medal winners through providing sports facilities to girls.


  • Certification by the International Standardization for Organizations (ISO)
  • Membership in the World Organization of Credit Council Unions (WOCCU)


  • Received the first Godfrey Phillips Bravery Amodini Award 2009 in recognition of Mann Deshi’s special contribution to the benefit of women; particularly in the poorest areas in rural India.  And for having transformed the lives of thousands of women through micro-financing and financial literacy.
  • “Rajarshi Shahu Gaorav Puraskar 2010” for women empowerment
  • “Beti” movement award received to Mann Deshi by Ninth GR8! Women  Awards, 2010 to promote & further the ‘beti’ movement yet again...
  • Short listed for Women Exemplar Award launched by Confederation of Indian Industry
  • EdelGive Social Innovation Honors 2010 (Livelihood Category) award received by Edel Give Foundation on 4th March, 2010
  • Nominated for CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2010 from Public Service category.
  • We are semi-finalists in Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All Competition






Successful Deshi Entrepreneurs
Successful Deshi Entrepreneurs
Mann Deshi Client
Mann Deshi Client

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Mann Deshi Foundation

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

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