Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha

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Chetna Sinha

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An economist, farmer, and activist, Chetna Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She is the founder and the current president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. Mann Deshi's clients are women from low-income groups, averaging INR 40 (USD 1) per day. The Bank currently has seven branches, over 185,000 clients, and conducts 10,000 transactions on a daily basis....Read More

Chetan Sinha is the Founder-Chairperson of Mann Deshi Mahila Bank (a micro-enterprise development bank) and Mann Deshi Foundation. She has served as a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos (2018), Switzerland. Owing to her remarkable contribution to women's empowerment, she is also an elected member of the National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare. Having worked with marginalized communities for more than 32 years, her advice on financial inclusion and women's banking has been sought by the Reserve Bank of India as well.


Chetna has been awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, India’s highest civilian award for women who work in the area of women’s empowerment. She has been honored with the Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar award for rural entrepreneurship and awarded lifetime membership with Ashoka Innovators for the Public. She was also selected for the first class of Yale University's World Fellows program 17 years ago. She has spoken on various platforms about women's empowerment and business. Ms. Sinha did her under graduation and masters in economics from Mumbai University.

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    Mann Deshi Foundation
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    Mumbai, India
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  • Women Empowerment: How can we empower the rural women workforce in our country?
  • Inclusive culture: How can we create an organisational culture which is women friendly?
  • Eradicating poverty & unemployment: How can we invest more in the economic welfare of women and eradicate poverty and unemployment of the women in rural areas?
Learner’s Speak – A testimonial

"Chetna is a compassionate woman who has contributed significantly towards providing financial and economic support and solutions for women specially in rural and backward areas. Her efforts and dedication towards her foundation are indeed commendable."

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