From being mandal samakhya president of the self help group to the Legislative Council, the highest decision making body, the journey was not all that smooth for Anguri Lakshmi Shiva Kumari.

Resident of a non-descript village in Routhulapudi mandal of East Godavari district and a school drop out, Ms. Lakshmi turned an inspirational leader with her contributions to strengthen the SHG movement in the district. Disturbances in family life with a toiling mother and a drunkard father could not deter her from the hard work and the determination with which she faced the challenges finally paid rich dividends.

Ms. Lakshmi became leader of the SHG at a tender age of 18 and there was no looking back as she grew from strength to strength to become a mandal level and district level leader subsequently. She did not confine herself as a facilitator for women to secure bank linkage and turned an inspirational leader when she focussed on recovery of the loans and their timely repayment. While continuing her intense efforts in promoting the SHG movement in the district, she led the anti-arrack movement in her village, partly driven by the hardship she herself was witness to. The movement finally culminated in ban on liquor sale in the area. The rise to fame had no impact on Ms. Lakshmi who was aware of her roots. A school drop out, she continued her education once the activities were stabilised and she completed her 10{+t}{+h}standard in Open School.

Ministers Sunitha Lakshma Reddy and D.K. Aruna thanked the party leadership for selecting Ms. Lakshmi for the Upper House. SHG members thanked Chief Minister N. Kirankumar Reddy for nominating Ms. Lakshmi Siva Kumari, president of Indira Kranthi Patham Mandal Samakhya, as MLC in the Governor's quota.