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Dhaka, BangladeshDhaka, Bangladesh
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

More than 89% of our 4 million girls working in the RMG industry use factory floor thrown away strips of cloths for their Menstruation. Most of these women are suffering from the negative consequences of unhygienic menstruation practices. We will provide them with low-cost sanitary napkins.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

we come to a day where women are the leaders of our societies and contribute the highest to the world economy?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

More than 4 million girls in Bangladesh work in the garments industries. 95% of these girls have no formal education. They lack knowledge on fundamental human rights and have little knowledge at all on SRHR. According to a recent research done by BAYA more than 89% of these girls use factory floor thrown away strips of cloths for their Menstruation. Most of these women are suffering from diseases in their uterus and uterus cancer in the long run

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project TULIP will provide Sanitary Napkins at a very low cost for the 4 million young girls and women working in garments and living in slums and train them on MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) and SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights). We will employ young girls from the most vulnerable families to make our product and will hence create opportunities of employment for the underprivileged and tribal girls living in Dhaka slums who have passed secondary school and are jobless. Through TULIP, fewer girls will be suffering from diseases in the uterus caused by unhygienic menstrual practices and will participate better at work leading to economic well-being of these women. Many young women will also be employed through TULIP.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Neela (19) migrated from her village in the remote tribal areas of our country in search of work in the city. Being uneducated and untrained she remained jobless for 6 months. We emplyed her and trained her on Menstrual Hygiene Management and provided her with basic reading a writing skills. She is now a trainer at our BAYA slum centre and trains the other young girls on MHM. She is the bread-winner of her family who lives in the village. Shunitha is a young girl of 23 who works in a RMG factory in Dhaka. She is also the bread winner of her family and due to high absenteeism rates during her periods might have lost her job. We provided her with sanitary napkins. She is also receives free of cost SRHR&MHM training per month from us.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

After using TULIP sanitary napkins and receiving SRHR and MHM training from BAYA young girls and women now have a greater participation at work. They now live healthier lives and continue to support their families. After our training they are also aware of their fundamental human rights and can protest to any sort of violence at home or in their work places. BAYA hopes in the near future women will be leading healthier lives and will be able to support their families and themselves with dignity. They will become economically efficient and will be able to support their families. Their families will flourish and as their families will flourish their communities will flourish. They will be aware of their rights and young girls and women even from the poorest socioeconomic back grounds will be take up leadership positions. Many young girls will also be employed through BAYA.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

BAYA hopes that in the next 5 years the existence of ''unhygienic menstruation practices'' won't remain at all. We will be able to fight ''uterus cancer'' in the long run which is also caused by unhygienic periods. As our project will expand we hope to employ more and more young girls under BAYA for making sanitary napkins and as trainers on SRHR and MHM in our slum centres all over Bangladesh. We hope to touch the lives of the 4 million young girls working in the garments who have contributed the highest to our economy and enrich their lives and communities.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As the sanitary napkins will be sold for profit, (at the cheapest price) to the young girls working in the garments, the profits retained will fulfill the criteria of sustainability and will thus help TULIP establish as a social enterprise. Menstruation is normal biological process, hence periods occur every month to every young girl and women in the world. Therefore, the product TULIP is here a necessity which has to be bought every month.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

TULIP Sanitary Napkins will be marketed ''All over Bangladesh.'' However, they are many other Sanitary Napkins of different brands already available at the markets but these are very expensive and not affordable at all for the 4 million young girls and women working in garments industries. These girls and women are very poorly paid and it is difficult for them to pay for their basic necessities. Sometimes, they are the bread earners of the family. Therefore, TULIP will sell sanitary napkins to these young at a price in which they can afford it. This will lead to healthier lives.

Founding Story

While I was doing a qualitative research in the Dhaka slums on young girls and their Menstruation practices, I got to know that most of these girls were working as labourers and were a part of the multi-million dollar garment industry. More than 89% of these girls use factory floor thrown away strips of cloths for their periods. Most of them are suffering from diseases in their uterus and have have high absenteeism rates during their periods. Hundreds of families are dependent on these young girls who belong to the poorest socioeconomic backgrounds BUT THEY CONTRIBUTE HIGHEST TO THE ECONOMY OF OUR COUNTRY! Hence, I initiated the project TULIP under AHEDF (a local NGO) which will provide low cost sanitary napkins for these girls.


Krishti Aung Leona (Founder and President) of BAYA (Bangladesh's Assembly of Youth Advocates). The creator and coordinator of the project TULIP (Tribal and Underprivileged Labourer's Income Generating Programme.)


Informative article.Good one.

Rajeev Kumar's picture

Very interesting post, every women needs to be educated. Good one. :)