Jone Pryadarshini Mahila Mandal, better known as JPMM, is a mahila mandal (women's society) in Bethany Leprosy Colony. Formed in about 1994/5 as a solidarity group it has since evolved to include sub groups of self help savings groups, and it also has a production section. Those women in the sub groups that can sew are called on rotation to complete orders making urn and jewellery bags for Canadian funeral homes, cushions and assorted other bags and storage items for export as well as runners and napkins and cushion covers in locally sourced handloom cottons for international customers. They have diversified in 2022/23 and learned how to make coconut fiber kitchen scrubs and secured a good export order. All profits from the sewing work are shared amongst all the members.
Until 2021/22 JPMM supported the retirement period of an elderly master tailor from the colony who worked for them cutting and mentoring new tailors. sadly GopalRao died in 2023 after a long illness. Now they are dependent on just two women with cutting skills.