Lalmuni Devi - "Papad Chachi"
Location: Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India
Lalmuni Devi – “Papad Chachi” had a burning desire to be something more than just a housewife but felt constrained by her limited education. She lives in Kanhauli Matth in Ward 48 of Muzaffarpur and joined the ‘Radha Samvardhan’ SHG and motivated others to do the same and today, her slum has 10 SHGs. Around the time that Lalmuni joined the SHG, Lijjat Papad (an Indian women's cooperative involved in manufacturing fast consumer goods) came looking for women to join them and met with Lalmuni and other SHGs in the slum. These groups were trained and are today engaged in papad rolling and earning an income.
"Had I not been a member of the SHG, it would have been difficult for me to encourage other women in my slum to work on their own. Today, women from every household are engaged in work and no one sits idle. It has ensured better standards of living and a happy family."