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Review for GlobalGiving, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Mann Deshi Foundation started its operation in 1996 in remote areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Women of Mann Deshi are the clients who are engage in agricultural activities. Mann Deshi women require daily saving facility, it is not affordable for them to come to bank daily. Mann Deshi is the first bank to provide door step banking. Mann Deshi not only provides the banking services but also see that women control their finance. In 2005 Mann Deshi started B-school for rural women. Mann Deshi with its comprehensive approach provides financial services and business training. Today Mann Deshi has been able to create +27000 successful entrepreneurs.

What makes the Mann Deshi B-School unique is that it lays no educational or age criterion for enrolment; has “any-day admissions” and offers courses ranging from two days to three months with fees from Rs.25 to Rs.1,200. Founded in December 2006, it encourages and empowers rural women by offering courses to help them run independent enterprises as vendors, screen printers, photo-laminators, efficient goat de-wormers, bag-makers and computer operators.

Thus, an unlettered vegetable hawker like Aruna Gaikwad now uses a cellphone to source supplies from the wholesale market at Karad 100 km away to make profits at the weekly market in Vaduj. Vanita Pise is yet another example who has set up a successful milk vending business with the help of B-school. She uses paper cup making machines for her operation and earns about Rs.10000 per month. (In 2006, Pise received the CII Bharti Woman Exemplar Award by PM Manmohan Singh).

Since December 2006, nearly 40000 women have taken courses here to launch micro-business like selling cell phone recharge coupons, increasing fat content in milk from mulch cattle or selling pav bhaji and Chinese food. Women have also harnessed mobiles to manage—and in some cases, expand—their client base, grow their businesses, and earn higher revenues. The ability to use mobile phones has also reduced women’s need to travel, thus saving them considerable time in managing their businesses and reconciling their work, personal, and family commitments. As they oversee growing enterprises, many Mann Deshi clients experience increased self-confidence and a greater sense of empowerment.

Also Mann Deshi provides personality development courses and implements bicycle program to young girls so that they can continue their higher education.
 Reached out +100,000 rural women (saving account holders)
 Graduated + 39000 women through B-school and out of those 23,400 women have become successful business woman and 80% took loan from Mann Deshi Bank.
 More than 5000 women have been able to get the share in the household property
 Launched the E-Card system, a more efficient, and accessible and secure means to deposit and withdraw money and view transaction history of Mann Deshi client
And all this will not be possible without the support of our partners like Global Giving.

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