When a group of local people gathered in the village of Lalwani in Maharashtra, they were looking to set up a printing house and set up the economy.
The project, dubbed Lalwan Pundar, would be the culmination of a decades-long drive to develop the region and provide jobs to the locals.
In the end, the community got what they were seeking and in the process, they found themselves on the path to becoming the first Indian printing house in the world.
The community of around 200 people were looking for ways to support their families by selling their local produce.
“I had come to this village to earn money and I was determined to get it back,” said Manu Thakkar, a member of the Lalwans family who had gone to the printing house with his elder brother.
The printing house would be open for business and, in the meantime, the local community was supporting the family by selling the produce.
It was a dream for the Lalvans and their family.
The first print was a Rs 1,000 note which was signed by the founder of the village, Lalwania Prasad, who had passed away two years earlier.
They bought a farmhouse and moved in with the family, but soon the business started to fail.
“The local people started protesting and I started to realise that this was not a dream.
There was no money in this village and the only way to survive was by buying the produce from the market,” Manu said.
The family had also set up an insurance company to cover the losses, and eventually, they bought out the insurance company and began to sell their produce on a daily basis.
“After three months, the business went out of business,” said Prasadeep LalwANI, a former director of the printing firm.
The village of 3,000 people in the northern state of Maharashtra was an economic wasteland when the family came to the village.
“There was no electricity and we had no running water,” Manus LalwAN, the elder brother, told Al Jazeera.
The two brothers had a dream to create a printing shop in the area, and decided to do so.
“We thought we would sell our produce to the local farmers and eventually we would get the money,” Manuel LalwANS brother said.
“Then we thought we could take over the whole village and set it up.”
But things took a turn for the worse when the government started to impose restrictions on farmers, who were then forced to sell out of their farms.
The villagers began to run out of money and run the printing business themselves.
“As the year went on, we realised that the situation was getting worse,” said the Lalws.
“It was not going well for us and we started to look for a new business.”
It was around this time that the Lalwarans decided to move their printing shop to the nearby town of Barangay Gwalior, which had already been established.
The brothers decided to build a printing studio there to work.
“With the money we had earned from the insurance business, we decided to take the business to Barangal, but the village people would not allow it,” Manuan LalwANN, the younger brother, said.
As the brothers tried to find other jobs in the neighbouring town, they met the local government and asked them to provide them a building.
In Barangayan, the brothers were able to find a space for their printing business and in 2017, the family moved to Barambulla in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
“When we got here, it was like a new beginning,” said a visibly proud Manu.
“Every time we went to the markets, we could find a new batch of produce,” he added.
With this new business, they started to generate revenue.
But as the family began to expand the business, there were also growing concerns about the quality of their produce.
When they tried to sell more of their local vegetables, they got complaints about the colour and quality of the vegetables.
“They asked us to stop the printing and sell the vegetables,” said Gautam LalwAAP, who was working in the local paper mill.
The Lalwanes were also concerned about the growing number of children in the community and they decided to get an organic garden.
“One of the things we decided was to grow vegetables on our own land,” Manue Lalw, who worked at the local printing firm, told ABC News.
“To protect our own garden and our children, we started growing vegetables on the side of the road.
It is a common sight in Barangalya.”
With the support of the local villagers, the Lalwidans were able find the land and build the building for the first printing house.
The facility was named LALAWAN, after the village that had hosted them in the past.
“Since we had not received any subsidy