In 2012, the Mann region experienced a crippling drought. Kerabai Sagar, an old customer of Maan Deshi Bank approached the bank to mortgage her gold. “You might loan me the money to buy fodder for my animals but how can I buy water? Who will you work with if we all are forced to migrate to cities?” she remarked. Mann Deshi set up a cattle camp. It lasted over one-and-half years and 14,000 animals and 4,000 families lived in shacks in the scorching heat.
Our Community Programme was born. Today, our programme has expanded and we work with farming communities to create localized and sustainable livelihood solutions. We hope to scale by sharing these lessons learned and best practices through partnerships with organizations across India.
To learn more about how our programmes make a difference read our Stories of Change.
have benefited from access to clean water.
in farmers’ incomes because of additional cash crops planted and new businesses such as animal husbandry and fisheries developed.
of land have been irrigated.
Reduced migration away from villages.
Women of the communities spend less time finding and transporting water.
Farmers have held on to their main assets - livestock.
“My family and I used to migrate 300 kilometres from here to find work for four months every year. But the dams changed all that. We no longer move every year. We live here now. Now I have water fifteen minutes away from my house!”
Kalpana Bangar, Goat Herder
“I can grow many different crops now that the water has come. Earlier, the government used to deliver tanker water to us once a week. It was very difficult. The dams have made our community self-sufficient. We don’t depend on anyone.”
Arun Sawant, Farmer
“Earlier people were not willing to marry into our community as we had to work all day to get access to water. Even the tanker water would smell and make us ill. Now everything is different. We have access to clean water. Our pride as been restored.”
Sainappa Lubbal, farmer from Shirtav
from 100 villages have been mobilized to work together to achieve fare pricing.
First sale of 1000 tons
of farm produce successfully facilitated.
inducted into the programme.
competed in international, national and state level competitions.
95% school children
enrolled in athletic programmes, as opposed to the national average of 32%.
In 2011, one of our athletes Sarita Bhise ran the 800 meter at a local event and won. At that time, she didn’t own a pair of decent shoes. Today she is the captain of Maharashtra’s Under-17 team for field hockey. It is an enormous achievement because she belongs to the local nomadic shepherd community and becoming the captain of field hockey team means she is now the primary breadwinner of her family. She is now a role model for all the children here.”
Prabhat Sinha, Founder Mann Deshi Champions Programme
have been donated since 2002.
on average are donated to school girls each year.
"I remember the case of a student whose father was too poor to buy her a bicycle and because her home was so far from our school, he wanted her to drop out. But because of the Mann Deshi bicycle she was able to continue. She's now pursuing a medical degree."
Chanda Mane, Principal, Gyan Vardhini High School