Innovative Technology Spells A Safe Period For Rural Women

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Women
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A group of women in Khagra near Berhampur, West Bengal, were busy giving the final touches to an event that was going to mark a new beginning in their lives. It was the day they were starting production of low-cost, biodegradable sanitary napkins in their village. Once the preparations were over they all eagerly waited for Sombodhi Ghosh and Jaydeep Mandal, founders of Aakar Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to assist rural communities by promoting grassroots innovations, to arrive with the prized mini sanitary napkin-making machine that was going to enable them to use hygienic pads instead of unsterilised cloth during their menstrual periods. In a country where only 12 per cent of the total 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins due to issues that range from a lack of awareness to affordability, the low cost machine developed jointly by Aakar Innovations, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Innovation Foundation, is set to improve the lives of millions of women living in rural and semi-urban areas.

“We’ll give machines to women in the villages, set up production centres, supply the raw materials, provide technical support and also guide them with marketing outreach. They will benefit from the profit the company generates.”

group of women in Khagra near Berhampur, West Bengal, were busy giving the final touches to an event that was going to mark a new beginning in their lives. It was the day they were starting production of low-cost, biodegradable sanitary napkins in their village. Once the preparations were over they all eagerly waited for Sombodhi Ghosh and Jaydeep Mandal, founders of Aakar Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to assist rural communities by promoting grassroots innovations, to arrive with the prized mini sanitary napkin-making machine that was going to enable them to use hygienic pads instead of unsterilised cloth during their menstrual periods. In a country where only 12 per cent of the total 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins due to issues that range from a lack of awareness to affordability, the low cost machine developed jointly by Aakar Innovations, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Innovation Foundation, is set to improve the lives of millions of women living in rural and semi-urban areas. “We’ll give machines to women in the villages, set up production centres, supply the raw materials, provide technical support and also guide them with marketing outreach. They will benefit from the profit the company generates.”

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