Indira Gandhi Bharatiya Mahila Vikas Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd., located in Tambale, Taluka Bhudargad, District Kolhapur is the first purely women's Co-operative sugar factory in the country. The factory is registered under the Co-operative Societies Act 1960 bearing Registration No. KPR/BGDIPRG(A)/S-79/1997 dated May 1997. The factory site is at Tambale, which is approved by the site selection committee appointed by the Government of Maharashtra.

The Government of Maharashtra as a special case, has given the whole of Kolhapur District plus three Talukas of the neighbouring District of Sindhudurg as area of operation for producer members and the entire State of Maharashtra for non-producer members. This has ensured the factory of two most essential elements that are required for the successful working of a Sugar Factory, namely, the assured supply of quality sugar cane and the potential for collecting share capital.