Nita Jadhav


Nita began her business only selling stationery – small notebooks, pens, pencils, and snacks. After attending Mann Deshi’s trainings and receiving a loan, she decided to expand by purchasing a Xerox machine and selling steel furnishings. Her family has played an important role in continuing to sustain the business. Her family took care of the … Continue reading Nita Jadhav

Savita Bhosale


Savita’s business is a grocery store that locals frequent to buy their daily needs. She sells everything from cold drinks to laundry detergent. She also runs a flour mill, and she sells the products at the grocery store. Recently, Savita used a loan to expand into selling saris. She married early in life as a … Continue reading Savita Bhosale

Rupali Datta Koli


Rupali Datta Koli runs a religious paraphernalia stall, where she sells things that are required for puja or offerings at the temple. She also sells CDs of bhajans and popular Hindi music. She buys many of the products that she sells from nearby sources and then packages them by hand. She has loyal customers that … Continue reading Rupali Datta Koli

Savita Nalwade


Savita has two kids. She was originally a housewife, before starting to sell produce at the market. Unfortunately, her husband became an alcoholic. He would spend their family’s income on alcohol, taking away from funds she could use for necessities. This situation caused Savita to seek another income to pay for her children’s needs. She … Continue reading Savita Nalwade

Vidya Kirve


When Vidya was a girl, she wanted to be a businesswoman. She married as a young woman and has two children. Before starting her business, Vidya was a clothing tailor. She began her business selling handmade bags four years ago. Originally, her husband did not support her efforts to her start her handbag business. Then … Continue reading Vidya Kirve

Lata Waikar


As a kid, Lata always wanted to be a tailor. Both of her parents were tailors and taught her everything she knew. She moved to a different town after her marriage, which is where her business is located now. Her business produces interior fabrics: blankets, seat covers, sofa cushions, bags etc. Ten years ago, she … Continue reading Lata Waikar