“Listen to the systems and be ready to create a new ecosystem.”
Chetna Sinha, Founder-Chairperson Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation.
Chetna Gala Sinha is an activist, farmer and banker and works for social change in some of the poorest areas of rural India. Born in Mumbai, Chetna gave up urban lifestyle to pursue a farming career in drought-prone area of Maharashtra in Western India. In 1996, she founded the Mann Deshi Foundation with the aim of economically and socially empowering rural women by fighting for the land and housing property rights and launching a community radio station for information sharing and creative self-expression.
The following year, she set up the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank, India’s first rural co-operative bank owned by women. Mann Deshi aims to launch one million rural women entrepreneurs through partnerships with social enterprises and mainline financial institutions in India.
In view of Chetna’s great contribution to the holistic cause of female empowerment, India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development has nominated Chetna as a member of the Governing Board of Rashtriya Mahila Kosh. She was also named India Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her work with Mann Deshi and in 2014, was named a Schwab Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year. Chetna is also a member of Yale World Fellows and Ashoka Fellows respectively.
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