Mann Deshi Foundation

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.

What We Do

The Mann Deshi Foundation’s programming Empowers Women and provides access to resources, reaching across state lines to the most remote of villages – from Maharashtra to Assam.

Business School

Business School

The Business Schools provide courses on everything from financial literacy to marketing, along with more specialized vocational training.

Girls on Wheels

Girls on Wheels

The bicycle programme in an average year more than 100 bicycles are donated to send girls to school.

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce

The COC welcomes all women, irrespective of education or background, who wish to start a business or expand their existing businesses.

Young Girls

Young Girls

The Young Girls Program targets girls in rural villages at educating them on reproductive health and providing them with a skills.

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

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

Farm to Market is an innovative program that cuts out the middle man so that farmers can increase their profits.

Community Radio

Community Radio

The Community Radio 90.4 FM channel is broadcast to 100 villages within 500km of the station. It averages about 50,000 loyal listeners.

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Champions

The Champions programme identifies prospective outstanding athletes and nurtures and supports their physical, mental, and social development.

We are Mann Deshi

Stories

Tree Planting

Entrepreneurs

Tree Planting

Farmers

Tree Planting

Athletes

Every dollar you donate to the Mann Deshi Foundation directly funds programs to empower women entrepreneurs and rural communities.