By Pareek, Shabdita.
Back in 1981, Manjula Vaghela began her day at a dumping yard where she would scoop out enough recyclables to earn ₹ 5 every day. Fast forward to 34 years later, and she heads a cleaning firm with an yearly turnover of ₹1 crore!
She first started cleaning firm Shri Saundarya Safai Utkarsh Mahila Sewa Sahkari Mandali Ltd. (SSSUMSSML) with only 40 women. Formed after the group met Elaben Bhatt, founder of Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), the organisation now has around 400 dedicated members. The firm provides cleaning and housekeeping services to 45 institutions and societies in Ahmedabad.