Periods are keeping women in India out of work—and out of school—leading to a life of poverty. Six women could be changing that. The Indian women work to make biodegradable sanitary napkins. The machines were purchased from a company called Jayashree Industries and the women work hard with compressors and cotton to provide for the women of India. Their mother-in-laws told them selling pads was “as good as selling shit” and husbands refused to be part of the funding. The women, in the beginning, had never seen a sanitary napkin or used them, but now their production of Mother Care Sanitary Napkins has a whole line of different products after starting with less than $100 in raw material. The group now generates a solid profit, and has sent shipments to Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Singapore.
Will address menstruation by teaching women about sanitary pads and increasing production.