Prior to SJSM initiating the cooperative, the Khava makers in the region procured milk form the villagers at low rates. They then absconded to the city of Pune leaving their dues unpaid. In 1981, SJSM set up milk co-operative to stand up against this exploitation. In the year 1981, 47 villages producing 2000 liters of milk on daily basis, formed a Milk Cooperative. Success of this cooperative, gave rise to the allied activities such as animal breeding,fodder management and veterinary care etc. As a result a cooperative movement took place in the region and currently, 300 villages benefit from over 450 government schemes that the SJSM participates and or leads through several cooperatives that are formed under the leadership of SJSM. Over the period of time, SJSM exploredseveral other avenues to generate income including fishery, Honey collection, sericulture, cane furniture, blanket making etc. The co-operative movement has helped over 35 cooperative bodiesto establish and settle.