24 Good Businesses 2012

The moolah queen

Mann De shi Mahila Sahakari Bank has struck a pot of gold through altruism


What do you call a rural cooperative bank that offers a pension fund, a life insurance scheme, a business school to boot and just deals with women? Meet Chetna Gala Sinha — she calls it the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank. Sinha, a portly woman in her fifties, is the founder of this women’s cooperative bank based out of Mahaswad village, Satara district.