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Chetna Gala Sinha

Founder and President of Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Ltd.

Chetna Sinha is an economist, farmer and activist who works for social change in poor, drought-stricken rural India. She is the founder and president of Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Ltd. (the Bank), a micro-enterprise development bank whose clients are women on low incomes. The bank has six branches, over 165,000 clients, and conducts 2,400 transactions daily. Sinha promotes a holistic approach to her clients, combining economic support with education and healthcare. Since 1996, she has been organising women in rural Maharashtra to fight for land and property rights. In 2005, she received the Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar award for rural entrepreneurship.