Pappadums and the Path to Empowerment

Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, India

Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad (Lijjat) is a cooperative established by Indian women that has developed a unique model for development and empowerment for low income female workers. Lijjat has more than 40,000 members and 62 branches across 17 states of the Republic of India (India).

Two iconic characters, Babla and a bunny rabbit, appear on Lijjat’s product sleaves, pictured (Photo: Flickr/Senorhorst Jahnsen)

The cooperative has not only developed a number of quality products and brands – including wafers and breads; Lijatt has enhanced the skill of its members via capacity building and communitarian programs.

As a result of Lijjat’s business and development strategies, thousands of women across India have gained financial independence and improved the prospect of a better life for themselves and their families. At the same time, the cooperative has established new models for community development and poverty reduction and become a winner of multiple awards.


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