My Story: I Worked as a Ragpicker until 1981. Today I Have a Cooperative with Rs. 1 Crore Turnover.

Manjula Vaghela, a 60-year-old resident of Ahmedabad, was a ragpicker until 1981. Today, she is the proud leader of Shri Saundarya Safai Utkarsh Mahila Sewa Sahkari Mandali Ltd (SSSUMSSML) – a cleaners’ cooperative with an annual turnover of Rs 1 crore. From earning about Rs. 5 in a day, to becoming a source of inspiration for many others like her, Majula has come a long way.

This is her story.

Until 1981, I used to work as a rag picker on the streets of our city for a living, earning Rs 5 per day. I would begin…

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