Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank (Mann Deshi) is a regulated cooperative bank run by and for women. Founded in 1997, it is Indiaís first rural financial institution to receive a cooperative license from the Reserve Bank of India. Mann Deshi aims to equip women with assets to support women in becoming entrepreneurs; and to build on womenís ability to plan and save for their and their familyís futures. Mann Deshi, in partnership with itís sister NGO, Mann Vikas Samajik Sanstha, offers a number of innovative support programs for women, including Bycycle programme, Umbrella Program, Business School programme and Mobile Business school.
On December 2, 2006, Mann Vikas, in partnership with HSBC, launched the Mann Deshi Udyogini Business School for Rural Women. The school provides more than just vocational training to women. Its courses offer a unique blend of skills, financial literacy and confidence building, all of which are necessary to successfully open or expand a business. Designed for women with or without a formal Education, the Business School fills
Business School (Manndeshi Udyogini) in Vaduj a capacity gap in the microfinance community, catering not only to the needs of women but also responding to skills gaps in the market.
In 2007 the Mann Deshi Udyogini Business School on Wheels for Rural Women, an innovative project in partnership with the Deshpande Foundation and Ashoka Foundation, has been launched in Karnataka.
The Business School on Wheels will reach out to women in the remotest areas who are usually left
Behind because of either financial or
Cultural constraints. A bus has been purchased and customized to transport the necessary equipment
and provide training space.