Day 116

Day 116


These women count

When Kantabai was denied a bank account because the 5 cents a day she was making as a street black smith was not enough, Chetna Gala Sinha decided to set up a bank for rural women, India’s first.

She struggled to get a license because the women were illiterate. She said…

“We may not be able to read and write, but we can count.”

In 1997, she opened the doors to the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank in 1997, protecting the women’s money from theft with a doorstep banking system using thumb prints instead of PIN numbers.


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