Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
Social Impact:  Builds a viable and sustainable enterprise that can be run efficiently by the stakeholders at the grassroots  Delivers an essential commodity -- the sanitary napkin -- to poor women at affordable rates without compromising on the raw material used (which is not the unviable cotton) or quality of the product as compared to the multinationals. This is an extremely crucial development and can be viewed as a breakthrough in positive social engineering  Reduces the players involved in the supply chain -- the third person to handle the product (from its inception) is the consumer  Thereby makes optimal use of the micro-credit generated by a community,
More specifically, an empowerment forum -- such as a Self Help Group or a women's group -- that can invest in our low-cost sanitary napkin-making unit to create a business that employs up to ten women.  With our low-cost technology innovation, Women will not only be able to get access to affordable hygenic Eco-Friendy Saniary Pads, but most importantly participate in the entire lifecycle of the technology development process not just as users, but also as technology designers, manufacturers, marketers !
Tangible Results achieved over the period of past 3 Years:
Beneficiaries Yr1 Yr2 Yr3
Number of Primary/Direct 150 1000 2500
Number of Secondary/Indirect 750 / 45000 4000 / 150000 8000 / 280000
On a National Scale in India, Total number of states or provinces with substantial activities:
Yr-1 : 50 Municipalities across 7/30 States
Yr-2: 200 Municipalities across 16/30 States
Yr-3: 600 Municipalities across 25/30 States in India
Documented Success Stories @
Global Impact by the learnings of Professor Thomas M. Stove of the famous
Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT), Mechanical department during a visit to India @ http://truthdive.com/2009/05/20/sanitary-napkins-for-poor-women/
Indian Impact @
In a Nutshell, Our innovation achieves the following Pathways to Economic Empowerment - Productivity & Market Opportunity, by addressing the following Barriers such as Time, Norms, Economic / Institutional Constraints & Tech Design
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
Primary Problem-1: Provide Economic opportunities to Women in the developing world
* Economic opportunities for women are vital to the well-being of their families, communities, and countries and it is important that they have access to education, good health, and jobs. For every dollar a woman earns, she invests 80 cents in her family (as opposed to 30 cents by men). A pivotal study by Goldman Sachs shows that the greater the likelihood for women to work outside the home, the lower the fertility, reduced maternal and child mortality, and better health and education for current and future generations. REF - http://www2.goldmansachs.com/ideas/demographic-change/women-hold-up-half...
Primary Problem-2: Health, Hygine & Dignity of Underprivileged Women World Wide
A little Quiz: What are rags, bark, mud?
a.) trash b.) construction materials c.) what some women use when menstruating
The Answer - c). Very Miserable n Unfortunate (:-
Millions of girls and women in developing countries miss up to 50 days of school/work per year because they do not have access to affordable sanitary pads when they menstruate. Currently, girls and women in this setting--if they have an option at all--turn to premium priced international brands which are too costly as they're manufactured using expensive machinery and thus priced at a premium. Such women resort to an older and cheaper alternative -- a piece of cloth or rag. This is an unhygienic alternative and can cause vaginal infections, skin irritations and embarrassing stains in public, And even GENETAL CANCER as per Gynecologists. We believe that a girl's life does not have to stop every 28 days because of her menstrual cycle. Missing up to 50 days of school or work is not only a "blood cost" to women and girls, but to their families, communities, and nations. REF: http://select.nytimes.com/2007/04/06/opinion/06friedman.html?_r=2
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?
We are taking the following steps:  Partnering with existing local women’s networks Facilitating Govt Subsidy/Microfinance/ Bank loan for women who will share start-up costs  Training local group in Spreading Awareness of health and hygiene and Necessary technology / business / Operational skills
Lack of Infrastructure is a Key Challenge that we plan to address via the resource mobilization also identifying the right partner eco-system to replicate/scale this initiative globally
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
We target about 5 Million Direct / Indirect Beneficiaries over the next three years by partnering with like minded Social Entrepreneurs / NGOs in India
We have identified 110 Countries where this ground breaking Low-Cost Technology Innovation can have a significant Impact targeting 50 Million Direct / Indirect Beneficiaries over the next 5 Years by Technology Transfer / Partnership with like minded Social Entrepreneurs / NGOs Globally !
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
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