Written by Dinesh Ahir
Lijjat Papad is a well-known Indian brand of papad, which is a type of thin, crisp, and circular-shaped Indian bread. The company was established in 1959 by a group of seven women in Mumbai, with the goal of providing employment opportunities for women while producing high-quality papad.
History of Lijjat Papad: The story of Lijjat Papad began in the late 1950s, when a group of seven women from a low-income community in Mumbai came together to form a small-scale papad-making enterprise.
They were motivated by the need to earn a livelihood and support their families, as well as the desire to empower women by providing them with employment opportunities.
Despite facing numerous challenges, such as limited resources and lack of market knowledge, the women were able to establish a successful business and grow it over time.
The company was officially registered as the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad in 1959, and it has grown significantly since then.
Today, Lijjat Papad is a cooperative society owned and run by more than 43,000 women, with an annual turnover of more than US$200 million and a presence in more than 60 countries.