This is the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham of Jayaashree Industrees. Arunachalam Muruganantham decided to help his wife solve the problem of the sanitary pad when he realised she had to choose between buying food for the family or her monthly supplies. He designed, created, tested and implemented a system of simple machines to make modern affordable sanitary napkins, which nowadays provide access to hygienic comfortable pads for millions of women around the world and provide employment for rural women making the pads. His research led him to a powerful business model. The video was filmed in Bangalore, India, as part of the TED Global Talent Search.) His goal is to reach full ‚Äòsanitary pad‚Äô coverage in India and by doing so provide employment to 1 million women. The machine is not patented, so he encourages everyone to duplicate his model and contribute to full global coverage!
You can view the video here Arunachalam Muruganantham: How I started a sanitary napkin revolution!
Hanny Maas is programme manager of the Dutch WASH Alliance