NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign has come across many ‘Swachh Warriors’, those who are doing constructive work to make India a cleaner country.
One such hard-working Swachh Warrior is Manjula Vaghela. In her 60 years she has come a long way from sorting trash. When Manjula started a cooperative with 40 women as cleaning staff, little did she know that it would one day grow to have 400 members and manage to rake in an annual turnover of Rs 1 crore.
Working long hours on the streets of Ahmedabad for mere Rs 5 per day, Manjula has shown an everlasting commitment to her country by trying to keep it clean. Her cleaner’s cooperative, Sri Saundarya Safai Utkarsh Mahila Sewa Sahkari Mandali , Limited, currently supplies cleaning and housekeeping services to 45 institutions and societies in Ahmedabad.
Their first client was the National Institute Of Design. “Next Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) hired 15 of our women,” said Manjula in an interview. Majority of the women working with the cooperative are former rag-pickers like Manjula.
These women are provided good quality cleaning equipment such as road cleaners, vacuum cleaners, high-jet pressure, micro-fibre mops, floor cleaners, carpet shampooing machines, scrubbers and extractors.
Manjula is an inspiring woman who has fought against her circumstances and is motivated to improve the country’s cleanliness quotient.
If you know a person who has done a lot to make India clean and healthy then nominate that person now for Banega Swachh India’s Swachh Warrior.
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