Our Sanitary Napkin Program trains women in rural Gujarat, India to manufacture, distribute, and sell high quality, low cost sanitary napkins throughout their communities. This empowers girls and women to take control over their own health and livelihood and enables girls to pursue higher education beyond the age they begin menstruating. $10,000 will provide the machines and production materials to employ around 30 women in three regions, ultimately reaching a community of 250,000.
Menstruation is a highly stigmatized, critical social and health issue in rural India. Many women and girls in these regions do not have access to sanitary pads. As a result, it is common for girls to stop attending school when they start their periods and for women and girls to contract infections and other serious illnesses from using makeshift materials like rags to manage bleeding. The stigma surrounding periods and lack of resources obstructs not only access to good health but opportunity.
We provide employment and education through a women-led, women-run network. Our Sanitary Napkin Program trains and employs women in two teams: production and sales. The former operates durable, easy-to-use machines to manufacture the sanitary napkins while the latter sells the pads and simultaneously educates their communities on menstrual hygiene management. These jobs not only boost the local economy but promote the individual livelihood and collective status of women and girls.
Women and girls, despite being more disadvantaged in society, are the ones proven most likely to reinvest in their communities. Their improved earnings and sense of dignity will uplift entire communities out of poverty and create more equal, productive, and participatory society. By expanding our program to three regions, we can transform up to 250,000 lives. After establishing this base, we can grow our potential to empower even more women and girls across rural Gujarat, India.