Rural B-school in Maharashtra catching global attention
The Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank, which currently has three branches, will soon expand its network to six districts — Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur and Pune. New B-Schools are planned at Satara and Solapur and these should commence operations in a couple of months, said Rekha Kulkarni, chief executive officer, Mann Deshi Mahila Bank. The B-school was started in Mhaswad by the Mann Deshi Foundation, an NGO associated with the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank. With four branches—located in Mhaswad, Vaduj, Dahiwadi and Lonand in Maharashtra and Hubli in Karnataka — it also has two vans which operate as mobile B-schools. Gala hopes to take the B-school module beyond just Maharashtra to places in Karnataka and Gujarat.
Since its inception in January 2007, MDU has trained 9,000 women in business development. A total of 60% of the women who have been trained, have subsequently set
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