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BOP Business School for Rural Women

I think this is a brilliant idea, partial excerpts below (via Salon), full story of “A Business School for the Indian Poor”:

“In an age when business schools have become synonymous with stratospheric tuition fees and blue-chip faculties, the Mann Deshi Udyogini, or Udyogini Business School (estb. January 2007) is India’s, and perhaps the world’s, first and only B-school for unlettered rural women…”

“Funded largely by HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, coaches poor women in entrepreneurship, accountancy, bank finance, marketing skills and confidence-building for a piffling Rs150 (US$3.70) for a three-month basic course and Rs600 for a six-month advanced one…Plans are also brewing for a “Business School on Wheels” to target women in remote areas who can’t travel to Vaduj.”

Founder Bio:
“Economist, farmer and activist, Gala Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India…Her bank is the first in its region to provide life, accident and hospitalization insurance for women…Gala-Sinha has succeeded in changing government policy and law regarding property rights for women…”

Full news article here.

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Written by Aman

June 15, 2007 at 11:39 am

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