MAHILA GRIHA UDYOG LIJJAT PAPAD PDF

The women lived in Lohana Niwas, a group of five buildings in Girgaum. They wanted to start a venture to create a sustainable livelihood using the only skill they had i. Vithalani, and one more lady whose name is not known [5]. They took over a loss-making papad making venture by one Laxmidasbhai [6] and bought the necessary ingredients and the basic infrastructure required to manufacture papads.

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Swati Paradkar, president of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, takes us through its fruitful journey When seven women from different Gujarati households went up to the terrace one sunny summer afternoon in s Bombay, little did they know they will create a product, the crunch of which would be distinct even seventy years later. They had one common goal in mind—they wanted to come together to start a venture to create a sustainable means of livelihood in order to reduce the financial burden on their husbands, using the one skill they were adept at—cooking.

Chhaganlal Karamsi Parekh, the person who lent them cash for their initial capital, became their mentor. They used the money to buy the necessary bits and pieces to make papads. The seven sisters faced their set of trials and tribulations in the early days since they wanted to set a precedent of self-reliance, not looking for monetary assistance outside. We have never ignored his advice. Like then, every papad is hand-rolled even today, and the women are paid, in cash, as soon as the final foodstuff is delivered.

That translates into each sister being paid on the third day after she is assigned the work, a system that they do not wish to change. Each year, the women innovated to solve the hurdles they faced. For instance, during the monsoon when they had to stop production owing to the rains, they innovated by placing a stove under a cot and drying the papads on it.

It is no wonder then, that the institution has stayed as far away from the process of mechanisation as it can. Lijjat has provided over 45, sisters a means to become financially independent and mentally confident of their abilities. Gradually, she moved up to becoming store-keeper, and later a branch sanchalika.

Around the same time, she was instated in the member Central Managing Committee, went on to become its secretary, and finally, has been the president for 11 years. We owe everything we have to Lijjat. I have been associated with it for 50 years! Interestingly, the experiences of almost all the sisters of Lijjat catch a similar vein, with most of them being associated with it since childhood. Following that, the commission granted Lijjat a working capital of Rs 8 lakh, allowing certain tax exemptions as well.

When we started our business it was not meant to become so big. All growth occurs solely from the tireless hard work and cooperation of the sisters, beginning daily at 4. They operate on the idea of equality, including mental equality. According to Paradkar, the respect that these sisters have garnered at home brings an indescribable feeling.

Paradkar also informs that if a particular lady is unsure whether to register as a sister, other sisters convince her of the profession, demonstrating how it is better than gossiping the day away while garnering respect and making a living, apart from being creatively engaged. It is a win-win. Women empowerment apart, they provide a certain sense of security to each other me included that no other relationship can provide.

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Swati Paradkar, president of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, takes us through its fruitful journey When seven women from different Gujarati households went up to the terrace one sunny summer afternoon in s Bombay, little did they know they will create a product, the crunch of which would be distinct even seventy years later. They had one common goal in mind—they wanted to come together to start a venture to create a sustainable means of livelihood in order to reduce the financial burden on their husbands, using the one skill they were adept at—cooking. Chhaganlal Karamsi Parekh, the person who lent them cash for their initial capital, became their mentor. They used the money to buy the necessary bits and pieces to make papads. The seven sisters faced their set of trials and tribulations in the early days since they wanted to set a precedent of self-reliance, not looking for monetary assistance outside. We have never ignored his advice. Like then, every papad is hand-rolled even today, and the women are paid, in cash, as soon as the final foodstuff is delivered.

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History[ edit ] Lijjat was the brain child of seven Gujarati women from Bombay now Mumbai. The women lived in Lohana Niwas, a group of five buildings in Girgaum. They wanted to start a venture to create a sustainable livelihood using the only skill they had i. Vithalani, and Chutadben Amish Gawade. On 15 March , they gathered on the terrace of their building and started with the production of 4 packets of papads. From the beginning, the women had decided that they would not approach anyone for donations or help, even if the organisation incurred losses.

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