By Pooja Banerjee - Development and Partnerships Lead
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.
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