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Feb 19, 2019

Our Superstar

Pragnaben Patel, a 35-year-old woman living in Dharshana village in Gujarat, India, benefitted immensely from the Asani program. She is married with two children (boys) and is currently working in the production unit earning Rs.3,800 (approximately $55) per month. Before joining the program, she was working on farms as a daily wage labourer. Her husband’s income was spent on her children’s school fees and other necessities. She was also one in many thousand rural women who used cloth instead of sanitary napkins during their menstrual cycle. 

Asani gave her a platform to learn new skills, grow professionally, and become an earning member of her family. Her monthly family income is in the range of Rs.9,000-10,000 ($90-$120) per month, which is on the higher end for a family living in rural India. 

Today, Pragnaben is an independent woman who is performing two roles- financially supporting her family and helping women and girls in her village learn about the importance of menstrual hygiene and management. 

Asani continues to help women and girls like her to learn about menstrual hygiene and the health benefits of using safe sanitary napkins. 

Feb 13, 2019

Our Biggest Sanjeevani Health Camp with IIT Gandhi

In January 2019, the Desai Foundation conducted its annual Sanjeevani health camp with IIT Gandhinagar, India. Our objectives to organise health camps with the best education institution in India are firstly, to provide easy access to high quality medical services to the children and their parents in rural India.  Secondly, to create young social advocates by encouraging students to participate in the development sector.  In this health camp, a total of 700 people from 6 different villages participated in the health camp. The target beneficiaries were provided with high quality medical check-up services by the following doctors: General Physicians, Dermatologists, Gynaecologists, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmologists and Dentists. Additionally, there were also 13 awareness stalls staffed by IIT Gandhinagar students on first aid, personal hygiene, nutrition, safe drinking water, diabetes, tobacco consumption, cancer, sexual and reproductive health and waste disposal.

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Nov 20, 2018

Let's support more women like in Gujarat

Jagrutiben, a 33-year-old woman living in Dharshana, Gujarat, India, benefitted immensely from the Asani program. She is married with two children (girls) and is currently working as a distribution specialist in the program, earning Rs.2000 (approximately $30) per month. Prior to joining the program, her role was limited to a homemaker who couldn’t travel to the city for the job due to unavailability of transport facilities and familial responsibilities - taking care of her husband, in-laws and children.

Asani gave her a platform to learn new skills, grow professionally and become an earning member of her family. Her monthly family income is in the range of Rs.10,000-15,000 ($120-$130), which is on the higher end for a family living in rural India.

Today, Jagruti is an independent and confident woman who is performing two roles- financially supporting her family, and helping women and girls learn about the importance of menstrual hygiene and management. As a mother, she ensures that her daughters are aware of what is a period and have access to safe sanitary napkins, unlike her.

Asani has helped many like Jagruti to learn about menstrual hygiene and the health benefits of using safe sanitary napkins. It has cultivated dignity in them by making them financially independent. It has not only resulted in enhanced knowledge on MHM but has also provided livelihood opportunities to women who are restricted to their household chores due to traditional norms or scarce options. We have reached out to 3,000 women alone in Gujarat and are planning to scale the same model to other Indian states by end of 2019. 

 
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