According to research over 80% of women in India do not use sanitary napkins. Women resort to age-old alternatives like cloth, ashes, and husk sand during menstruation. These substitutes are not only extremely uncomfortable but also the cause of various diseases and infections. This problem can be solved with our health and hygiene awareness project, training young local women leaders to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene and generate income through selling low-cost sanitary pads
As there are lots of myth and taboo associate with menstruation and also due to lack of education, rural women are not aware of the consequence of unhealthy sanitation nor are they keen to discuss about menstruation related problem in the open. Rural female will almost never ask a male shopkeeper for a packet of sanitary napkin. Even in the urban area, females are also hesitant to purchase napkins. Lack of accessibility and awareness are two common factors which further hinder the usage.
This project tackles problems of both awareness & affordability. Taking place in 35 villages/ slums of Bharuch, health awareness workshops will allow local women to learn about the importance of menstrual health & hygiene, including sanitary pads. Two youth leaders will be chosen from each slum and will take part in a training session on health issues and business skills. They will be given stock of low-cost sanitary pads to promote and sell to local women in their villages and slums area.
We believe that this project is a worthy enough to support women empowerment as follows in your area. By educating women and girls about menstruation and hygiene practices during menstruation Gives employment to more than 50 rural women in production and sale team Make low cost and high quality sanitary napkin available at door step. leading to substantial benefits in the short, medium, and long term.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).