Health
 India
Project #1628

Provide sanitary napkins for 200,000 Indian women

by GOONJ
Vetted

Summary

Poor women use the dirtiest rag in the house during menses. Most don’t even have enough cloth to cover themselves. We provide clean sanitary napkins made of repurposed waste cloth (from the cities).
$16,766
total raised
398
donors
0
monthly donors
9
years active

Challenge

Women commonly use all kinds of rags as sanitary napkins. Menses is one of the most taboo subjects in India. There is a strong relationship between practices during menstruation and the prevalence of reproductive tract infections. In many parts of India women don’t even have enough cloth to cover their body. In villages of Bihar, women don't use anything during menses don’t take a bath for days because there is nothing to change into.

Solution

- Organizing collection and awareness camps to educate people and to collect cloth for making napkins. - Production of napkins from waste cloth collected from the cities - Organising village level meetings and discussions to spread more awareness

Long-Term Impact

GOONJ is making these women self sufficient, removing their dependence on commercial products. In cities, discussion and debate on is helping mainstream the issue, leading to more people taking up this work & benefiting more women.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

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Organization Information

GOONJ

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​www.goonj.org
Project Leader:
Anshu Gupta
Founder-Director, GOONJ
NEW DELHI, New Dehi India

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