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Girls and women at Maharashtra in India still do not have access to sanitary pads. NGOs provide sanitary pads for short term (3-6 months) due to limited fund. Once they leave the villages, women and girls will return back to using unhygienic clothes as pads which leads to destructive health and environmental impacts. Therefore, girls and women in Maharashtra, India need a systematic supply of sanitary pads. Our group has come up with a mobile sanitary pads production, equipped with necessary tools and materials, to reach each village in Maharashtra, India.

Problem

Around 500 million women and girls do not have access to adequate menstrual facilities and hygiene management facilities all over the world (World Bank, 2018). This problem is widespread around the world, from Nigeria to Bangladesh, Panama, Haiti, to Afghanistan and many other parts of the world. Menstrual management issue not only impact women’s health and their environment but also it affects women’s performance. For instance, based on UNICEF report, 70 per cent of girls do not go to school during menstruation.

Solution

Our solution is a business model solution. We would like to provide self-help groups (SHGs), who are the representatives of women in villages in India with mobile sanitary pad station (Truck). These groups will be connected to garment factories to get raw materials, which are cramp clothes. The Mobile station will be equipped with all necessary tools and materials. There are almost 300 SHGs in Maharashra, India. Women in SHGs will make their own pads and sell them to women in villages. With these solutions we address girls and women’s continuous accessibility to sanitary pads and further make it a habit for them. We consider Self Help Group as our immediate use and customer and women in the villages as our end user. Our solution offers them several values. First, using cramp clothes to produce pads has not happened so far. Second, despite there are some initiatives that try to enable women produce menstruation pad production using machines, yet those machines are not accessible for all women as transferring those big machines from southern to western parts of India is difficult. This solution will reach villages easily. Finally, the mobile station will produce re-usable, environment friendly and comparatively cheaper sanitary pads.

Innovation

– More girls and women will have access to pads
– Reduce the stigmatization
– Recycling cloth waste
– Accessibility of pads in the different villages
– Getting men involved to de-stigmatize the menstruation
– Re-usable pads, environment friendly production and easy to reach all villages

Impact

As for the impact, we are not only target on sanitation and hygiene, but also reaches out to more than 10 sustainable development goals. From gender equality to responsible consumption and production. And from the long run it can also be scaled up to other countries like Haidi and South Africa.

Next Steps

During the user identification process, the Self Help Groups and NGOs who could help in starting the project and scaling it up were contacted. We plan to initiate the project by applying for some seed funding through these NGOs.

Immediate Requests

We need contacts with funders who will be interested in taking the project forward for implementation and scaling it up to other countries. .

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