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Mann Deshi Foundation

Mann Deshi is dedicated to the economic empowerment of rural women and has been working in rural Maharashtra since 1996. Mann Deshi’s vision is to empower women to make their own choices and to be celebrated as equal and valuable members of their families and communities. Our mission is to empower women with the knowledge, skills, courage, access and capital to become successful entrepreneurs with more control over their lives. To date, the foundation has reached about 300,000 women and by 2022, we aim to reach one million women.

Our model is simple. We run a Bank that provides women with affordable and easy access to credit and a Foundation that provides women with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to become successful entrepreneurs with more control over their lives and a chamber of commerce for providing legal, compliance, financial and marketing advisory.

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Endorsers that Mann Deshi Foundation partner with

United States

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

The mission of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth is to advance equitable and inclusive growth and financial inclusion around the world. As an independent subsidiary of Mastercard, we combine data, expertise, technology, and philanthropic investment to empower a community of thinkers, leaders and innovators working on the front lines of inclusive growth. Igniting broad-based economic growth presents one of the most complex and urgent challenges of our time. We seek to uncover workable approaches by investing in innovative research and programs and connecting the know-how and experience of four key stakeholder groups: government, academia, business, and NGOs.

On-going/Past projects

Social Impact Fund for Women Micro Entrepreneurs

By Mann Deshi Foundation

Social Impact Debt Fund for Women Entrepreneurs, India will focus on access to first stage institutional capital and affordable cash credit loans to enable future capital infusion by mainstream institutions.

Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation