Business School for Rural Women (Mann Deshi Udyogini)

BUILDING KNOWLEDGE, COURAGE, AND CAPITAL

We go beyond the "economically active" poor.

Even the poorest of the poor gain hisab, hunnar, himmat (knowledge, courage, and capital) at our business school.

Taught in programs like 5 Days in B-School and Deshi MBA, our courses include financial literacy, computer literacy, banking, personality development, tailoring, beauty services, veterinary care, personality development, agribusiness, and more.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

is the first step to financial inclusion. The low-income women we work with need unique financial skills.

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FAR FROM UNIVERSITIES

Our year-long MBA Program for Rural Women helps entrepreneurs scale successfully.

2,000 women have graduated from our program so far.

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A SECOND CHANCE TO FINISH COLLEGE

Family pressures and responsibilities force many women to drop out of school early.

We provide study and testing facilities for women who want a second chance to complete their degree.

CLASSROOMS ON WHEELS

We have seven business school centers.

Women who live far from the centers we reach with our innovative mobile classrooms.

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BECOMING DROUGHT-INDEPENDENT

Our business school includes several classes in agriculture.

One course teaches women how to treat their own animals, since veterinary services are largely inaccessible.

Other courses teach women how to manage soil nutrients, use biogas, raise silkworms, and run a nursery as a business.

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YES! ALL WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO LEARN

You can support our education programs directly through our Global Giving page.

Chamber of Commerce for Rural Women

ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK

Mann Deshi connects women to business capital and training, yet many women are still invisible to the business world.

Our Chamber of Commerce for Rural Women ends that isolation.

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Programs for the Community

REINVENTING WATER SUPPLY

When drought strikes, our cattle camps and check dams save livelihoods - and the community economy.

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COMMUNITY RADIO INFORMS AND EMPOWERS

Mann Deshi Tarang is the first rural radio in Maharashtra.

We broadcast ten hours a day and reach 34,000 people per year.

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WOMEN'S HEALTH, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

In a region where many diseases are taboo subjects, we're raising awareness.

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Programs for Girls

GIRLS RIDE TO SCHOOL - AND FREEDOM

In rural India, 50% of girls drop out of school before 5th grade, often because they can't afford the transportation costs.

Mann Deshi has helped over 5,000 girls get to school with our bicycle program.

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STARTING YOUNG, WITH TECH SKILLS

Without a computer at home, excluded from internet cafes, rural girls are unprepared for college and their careers.

Our "Five Day Business School" teaches girls computer literacy, from creating an email account to presenting a slideshow.

We also host banking classes and internships, specifically for girls.

WINNING GAMES, BUILDING CONFIDENCE

Mr Prabhat Sinha, Program Director

Many girls in rural India lose their confidence before reaching adulthood.

Mann Deshi Champions teaches girls to be assertive and take risks, skills that they will need to be successful entrepreneurs.

Read about our sports program >

Programs for Farmers

WHY FOCUS ON FARMERS?

We began because of farming, when Chetna Sinha saw drought drain rural Maharashtra of its economy and opportunities.

Today, farming continues to dominate the rural economy; more than sixty percent of our entrepreneurs work in agriculture.

BECOMING DROUGHT-INDEPENDENT

Secondary sources of income save farmers from catastrophe and debt during drought.

Mann Deshi Udyogini courses help farmers diversify, from goat breeding to running a nursery business.

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REINVENTING WATER SUPPLY

When drought does strike, our community is prepared.

Our check dams hold water for dry spells, and we transport water to our cattle camps during emergencies.

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THE LATEST MARKET INFORMATION, IN THEIR HOMES

Mann Deshi Tarang broadcasts market prices and best farming practices.

SHELTER FOR STREET VENDORS

When vendors sell their produce in the weekly market, sun sickness can cost them an entire week's income.

Read how we prevent this, with umbrella loans >