Chetna Vijay Sinha, India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
New Delhi, India, 11 November 2013 – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Vijay Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards. The awards were conferred in New Delhi at a high-level celebration, in the presence of Palaniappan Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India.
Chetna Vijay Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation: Mann Deshi Group of Ventures, headquartered in Mhaswad, Maharashtra, aspires to create 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India by 2020. The group manages three institutions that together help create alternate livelihoods and incomes for rural women: a women-owned rural cooperative bank that extends a range of financial services; a rural mobile MBA school that offers skill and entrepreneurship training; and a chamber of commerce that facilitates market and policy linkages.