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Chetna Gala Sinha

Founder, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Ltd


Chetna Sinha, an Ashoka Fellow, Yale World Fellow, works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She founded and is currently the President of a micro-enterprise development bank, its partner NGO, and a micro-business school for rural women. Her organisation is the first in its region to provide life, accident, hospitalization insurance and pension scheme for women and offers training. The bank has its origins in cooperatives organized by Gala Sinha to assist women in raising goats, selling vegetables and weaving. In addition, Gala Sinha works on behalf of landless laborers for property and water rights. She has succeeded in changing government policy and law regarding property rights for women.