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Story of Lijjat Papad Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women's organization manufacturing various products. The organization's registered office is situated in Mumbai and it has 67 branches and 35 divisions all over India.

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Story of Lijjat PapadShri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women's organization manufacturing various products. The organization's registered office is situated in Mumbai and it has 67 branches and 35 divisions all over India.Started in 1959 with a capital of INR 80, Lijjat today has an annual turnover of around Rs. 315 crore (Rs. 3.15 billion), with Rs. 12 crore in exports and has around 42,000 employees. Lijjat is primarily a cottage industry, urban by its origin, that has spread to the rural areas. It is considered as one of the most remarkable enterprenual initiative by women that is identified with women empowerment in India.Lijjat was the brain child of seven semi-literate Gujarati housewives 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.e. cooking. The seven women were Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat, Parvatiben Ramdas Thodani, Ujamben Narandas Kundalia, Banuben. N. Tanna, Laguben Amritlar Gokani, Jayaben V. Vithalani, and one more lady whose name is not known.The women borrowed Rs 80 from Chaganlal Karamsi Parekh, a member of the Servants of India Society and a social worker. They took over a loss-making papad making venture by one Laxmidasbhai and bought the necessary ingredients and the basic infrastructure required to manufacture papads. On March 15, 1959, they gathered o

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