Roti making activity


Mahadevi Karikatti, 36 years old, lives in the Tadkod village with her husband and her 4 children. All of them are students and the eldest is also helping in the tailoring activity. 
They are the only family involved in this activity in Tadkod, and has been from the last 5 years. 
However it is not their main activity, they have been involved in the tailoring business for a longer time. 

Production steps

All the family is engaged in the roti making, plus two outside workers.

The process of roti making is described as such: 

First they have to prepare the raw material, the jawar. After mixing it with some flour and salt, they boil the preparation. When it is ready they work the texture with their hands to make it more compact. Next it is compressed with a rolling pin to get a circled shape. Then they apply a bit of oil to prevent it from sticking, put it between two plastic sheets, and in a machine that stretches it to its final form. Finally, the only thing left is to fry it.

Economics of the activity

The machine costs 22 000, but was a one-time investment.

Electricity: 1000-1500 per month Plastic paper: 25 rs per paper, which can be used for 7000 rotis.
Labour: 100 rs per day off season, and 150 during the season. They are 2 of them.
Finally, other materials that cost 1500 to 2000 per month.

The profit of this activity is around 16500 per month, with the main season being from March to May.