Sanitary Napkin

Sanitary Napkin

Summary:

This project can produce market biodegradable sanitary napkins locally.

It will enable the women in the community to easy access of sanitary pads at a very low cost. A sanitary napkin or pad is an absorbent item worn by woman while she is menstruating, absorption on any other situation where it is necessary to absorb flow of blood.

Challenge:

Throughout the centuries, a plethora of cultural and social taboos have been associated with menstruating girls and women, as well as menstrual health. In many parts of the world, women are still not allowed to leave the confines of their homes while menstruating. Deemed “impure” and “unclean,” they are not allowed to venture freely outside their homes. Thus, girls and women are deprived of opportunities in schools, workplaces, and social settings. 

Cost-effective, affordable menstrual health products are not available usually to women with low incomes. Such women often resort to horrific means such as repeatedly using the same unsterilized cloth during menstruation, and using gunny bags or even plastic, instead of sanitary napkins. Due to these unhygienic preventative methods, women are prey to a host of illnesses and fatalities. For example, out of every 10,000 women in India, 2000 women die during childbirth due to unhygienic menstrual practices. 

Solution:

Installing a low cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine in the Bidhan Nagar slum of Kolkata will provide employment for women. It will also enable easy access to clean sanitary pads at low cost. This project also aims at employment to  ladies from the community.

Long-term impact:

The setting up of the napkin unit basically has two objectives:

  • • Social Objective: To provide low cost hygienic napkins for women easily accessible.
      • ♣ Hygiene improvement among the adolescent girls 
      • ♣ Discarding of traditional method of using /reusing cloths thereby preventing risk of cervical cancer.
    • ¬ Economic Objective: To provide a source of livelihood of individuals and self help groups
          • ♦ Increased opportunities for livelihood and employment
Tailoring Project

Tailoring Project

Summary

The project will provide alternative livelihoods skills training for women  to improve their income. The project advocates the objective of extending training for improving skills and sustainable employment for women through a variety of  lessons providing employment to women. There is a need to provide financial responsibilities making women useful to maintain their family. With training activities, women’s role will be enhanced in family and community.

Challenge

Many slum women are untrained laborers, mostly engaged in labor in construction, domestic helpers in various houses and are laboring for a minimum daily wages. Women in these poor families find it difficult to manage families. They are deprived of nutritious food, health care and minimum education. Therefore there is a need to introduce skill training to rehabilitate suffering women’s economic status by organizing and providing tailoring training.

Solution

Women in a slum of Kolkata, West Bengal, will be given training in tailoring for six months in sewing Indian clothes.  This will be the first batch. Later as these women graduate we will recruit women for the next batch and thus we aim to train 100’s of women from this community. Women who are trained they will be able to upgrade their economic conditions through this learned skill. They will be able use their efficiency and capacity for the development of their family and society.

Long-Term Impact

•Increased economic, nutritional and health status of the target families 

•To improve the quality of life, economic conditions and provide source of income to the target families to minimize their problems and needs related to the financial matters of the families 

•Women have economic independence.