Former ragpicker Manjula now has turnover of Rs 1 crore

Manjula Vaghela, now 60, used to work as a paper picker on the city streets for a living, earning Rs 5 per day. On rainy and cold days, this measly income would also elude her.  This was until 1981.

Today, Manjula heads a cleaners' cooperative with 400 members that provide cleaning and housekeeping services to 45 institutions and societies in Ahmedabad raking in a turnover of Rs 1 crore per annum! 


Manjula formed the  Shri Saundarya Safai Utkarsh Mahila Sewa Sahkari Mandali Ltd (SSSUMSSML) consisting of 40 women offering commercial cleaning services after coming in contact with Elaben Bhatt-founded Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa). 

Over the years, Saundarya Mandali has gone from strength to strength through several levels of training. From providing cleaning services in institutions of national repute to residential societies, they also offered services during Vibrant Gujarat summits in the past.

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