Women’s Empowerment

Young Girls

The Young Girls Program targets girls aged 15 – 25 rural villages in Mann Taluka. Many of them have not finished school or left the confines of their small villages. The program is aimed at improving their self confidence, educating them on reproductive health and providing them with a skills that will help them become financially independent. As such, all girls are enrolled in Health and Hygiene, Gender Equality, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, Child and Forced Marriage and Skill Training workshops.  Continue reading “Young Girls”

Chambers of Commerce

In April 2014, Mann Deshi set up three Chambers of Commerce in Mhaswad, Satara, and Pune. Their mission is to create a supportive environment for women’s entrepreneurship and to facilitate an ever-expanding network of rural businesswomen who can share knowledge and provide resources.

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Business School

In 2006, Mann Deshi Foundation set up the Business School. Today, it has 7 centres and 3 mobile schools that are able to teach financial literacy skills in the most remote of villages. The schools provide courses on everything from financial literacy to marketing, along with more specialized vocational training. In 2014, the Business School began offering an MBA programme for seasoned entrepreneurs.

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Girls on Wheels

In 2002, Mann Deshi Foundation began its bicycle programme. To date, Mann Deshi Foundation has provided more than 9000 bicycles. In an average year more than 100 bicycles are donated to send girls to school. Funding for this programme comes from individuals who donate through GlobalGiving.org.

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