Eat a poppadom – help a women’s cooperative
Sunny Hundal // 14 March 2009
I thought this story might put a smile on our reader’s faces. BBC Online recounts the story of a group of semi-literate women in India who set up a poppadom factory 50 years ago. The women only cooperative now employs over 45,000 and turns over $100m a year.
Jyoti Naik, who runs Lijjat’s head office in a Mumbai suburb, joined the co-operative 40 years ago. She says it is the women’s sense of financial independence that has made a small enterprise into a big business.
“These women work here to help raise their children and be financially independent,” Ms Naik says
Love the story, still not too hot on poppadoms though :)