Bainabai Sagar was taken out of school and married off at the age of nine. A few years later, she was a single mother facing her son's medical bills alone.

To manage expenses, she started a tea stall.

With loans from Mann Deshi, Bainabai's business outgrew its stall under a tree, then her new tea cart. She now has a storefront and has encouraged many other women to join Mann Deshi Bank.

Meet Kantabai, another Mann Deshi entrepreneur >

We work with women like Bainabai and Kantabai, who earn less than $2 a day in rural Maharashtra.

About seventy percent of our clients are from marginalized castes. Despite such obstacles, they are entrepreneurs and change-makers in their communities.