Jaswantiben Popat

Social Services (Maharashtra, India) 2004

Jaswantiben PopatSocial Services (Maharashtra, India) 2004

JASWANTIBEN POPAT – Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit and entrepreneurial acumen of Jaswantiben and six other Gujarati women from Mumbai. What started as a simple ‘time-pass’ activity of making papads with a borrowed sum of Rs. 80 soon blossomed into a thriving cooperative that produces a variety of fast-moving consumer goods under the brand ‘Lijjat Papad.’

Founded with the objective of empowering women through employment, Lijjat Papad has grown into a fairy tale enterprise with a turnover of nearly Rs. 350 crores. Employing over 40,000 women, who collectively roll out more than 90 million papads, the organization’s success is a shining example of female empowerment in India. Additionally, Lijjat Papad has an Export Division, and its profits are equally shared among all its women members.

Jaswantiben’s leadership and compassion have been instrumental in Lijjat Papad’s journey, making her a revered figure in the corporate world. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of entrepreneurship and the impact it can have on women’s lives.

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