CHETNA GALA SINHA
FOUNDER AND CHAIR, MANN DESHI BANK; PRESIDENT, MANN DESHI FOUNDATION MHASWAD, MAHARASHTRA
In the beginning many people laughed at us. “What? You are setting up a women’s bank?” … For a moment I even thought perhaps it would be too difficult. But at the same time I heard these women saying, “Yes, we can set up the bank. We will mobilize the capital, the membership. We will save our money” … The world of finance does not understand the capacity and aspiration of these village women. They can handle it. They know how to manage their finances. They … handle their banking better than mainstream financial institutions.
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