Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women's cooperative involved in manufacturing of various fast moving consumer goods. The organization's main objective is empowerment of women by providing them employment opportunities. Started in the year 1959 with a seed capital of Rs. 80, Lijjat has an annual turnover of around Rs. 650 crore, with Rs. 29 crore in exports (). Lijjat is headquartered in Mumbai and has 67 branches and 35 divisions all over India.
Lijjat is primarily a cottage industry, urban by its origin, that has spread to the rural areas.
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... Read More