Mann Deshi Foundation (Foundation) is dedicated towards development of rural and vulnerable women and their families. The Foundation, in collaboration with Mahila Sahakari Bank, provides non-financial assistance to clients of the bank. It is an NGO arm of Mann Deshi Mahila Group. The group comprises of Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mahila Bachat Gat Federation, a Self-Help Group (SHG).
Chetna Sinha, founder of Mann Deshi has received various awards including the Ashoka Change Makers Innovation Awards in 2005.
Entrepreneur Programme for rural women: Under its Business School for Rural Women programme, women are provided with capital as well as technical know-how. Loans are provided for seed capital with the support of Mahila Sahakari Bank Ltd, to encourage starting up of micro enterprises. The programme is supported by The British Asian Trust, a social fund to support high impact charities within the areas of education, enterprise, and health. HSBC is the founding sponsor for the Business School for Rural Women.
Mobile school for rural women: The programme is designed to provide training to women who are not in a position to attend the business school due to financial and cultural constraints. A bus converted to operate as a mobile classroom is used to provide vocational and business training. The support from Bonita Trust, an independent philanthropic trust, has helped women in remote locations to get access to business training.
Chamber of Commerce Programme: The goal of the programme is to educate selected rural women entrepreneurs in business management and give them access to local insights through a dedicated mentor relationship.
Livelihood Programmes: The Foundation trains women farmers in methods of gaining access to market and technology. It organises fairs where women can sell their products. The Mahila Sahakari Bank provides credit to the SHG for undertaking dairy projects, and supports co-operative dairies.
Income Rs4 cr
Expense Rs3 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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