Mann Deshi Foundation is dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs and their communities. The foundation is the sister organization of Mann Deshi Sahakari Bank, the first Indian bank run by and for rural women. By 2022, Mann Deshi Foundation aims to provide one million women entrepreneurs with access to knowledge and capital, enabling them to have personal and professional agency in their lives. The Mann Deshi Business School ensures that access to financial literacy skills reaches even the most remote of villages. The Chamber of Commerce set up in 2012 provides legal,
financial, marketing, and networking support to women entrepreneurs. The Foundation runs a community radio station that has 50,000 listeners and regularly hosts female radio jockeys. To support the broader community and farmers, Mann Deshi has begun working on water conservation through building dams. For the local youth, Mann Deshi has the Champions programme for talented athletes. Girls on Wheels provides bicycles so that young girls can go to school. Through all of this programming, the Mann Deshi Foundation has reached almost 200,000 women.
The Business Schools provide courses on everything from financial literacy to marketing, along with more specialized vocational training.
Girls on Wheels
The bicycle programme in an average year more than 100 bicycles are donated to send girls to school.
Chambers of Commerce
The COC welcomes all women, irrespective of education or background, who wish to start a business or expand their existing businesses.
The Young Girls Program targets girls in rural villages at educating them on reproductive health and providing them with a skills.
Mann Deshi has constructed nine check dams. Each dam has transformed the lives of rural farmers, with increasing crop yields and soil fertility.
Farm to Market
Farm to Market is an innovative program that cuts out the middle man so that farmers can increase their profits.
The Community Radio 90.4 FM channel is broadcast to 100 villages within 500km of the station. It averages about 50,000 loyal listeners.
The Champions programme identifies prospective outstanding athletes and nurtures and supports their physical, mental, and social development.