Great time to invest in women entrepreneurs, says Mann Deshi Bank’s Chetna Sinha9 min read . Updated: 20 Jan 2018, 01:11 AM IST
The founder and chair of Mann Deshi Bank on financial inclusion for women, and supporting women micro-entrepreneurs to grow their business
If there is ever a contest to identify a poster child for the Swachh Bharat campaign, Chetna Sinha, 59, founder of the Mann Deshi Foundation, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and a business school, would surely qualify. An economist, microfinancier, farmer and social activist who started her work from Maharashtra’s Satara district, Sinha has dedicated her life to the economic empowerment of rural women. She moved to Mhaswad, a town in Satara district, three decades ago when she married into a rural farming family. Coming from metropolitan Mumbai, Sinha’s first shock was learning that she had to defecate in the open since the house had no toilet. The household eventually did get one, but this was the start of Sinha’s journey of listening to what the community wanted, and eventually finding a way to get it organized and delivered.
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