Rural B-School Empowers Indian Women

For less than three cents a day, largely uneducated women are learning how to invest their money and run their own profitable businesses

On the first day of a 10-day business course, 15 women are gathered in an 8-by-10-foot classroom in western India, absorbing the nuances of finance. Teaching in the local Marathi language, the female instructor peppers her talk with examples to explain investments, credit, profit and loss, and market accessibility. The advanced finance course also will cover such topics as how to start a business, marketing techniques, loan options for seed capital, and determining selling prices for products. And then there's a mandatory session on building confidence.

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