Jyoti is one of the founding members of Stree Mukti Sanghatana, an NGO that works in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivli. Currently the organisation has 3,000 waste pickers. It is also a part of the Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers, a national organisation. The NGO has also helped in construction of bio-gas plants, establishment of cooperatives, training their members in securing zero waste, cleaning contracts and maintenance of bio-gas plants with housing societies, public sector companies and corporate houses among many other initiatives.
Jyoti is working to lift women waste-pickers out of the vicious cycle of poverty. She gives voice to these women who are unheard and works towards empowering them through education, healthcare and environmental programmes.
As an activist, she has been part of many awareness campaigns for women’s issues going back to 1975. She has participated in several national and international conferences on women’s rights, environment and solid waste management.
She is also a renowned playwright and has written numerous plays on women’s issues, children’s education, child labour, waste management and the environment.