KRISTIN KAGETSU

CO-FOUNDER OF SAATHI, AN IN­DIAN MAN­U­FAC­TURER OF BIODEGRAD­ABLE, COM­POSTABLE SAN­I­TARY PADS MADE OF BA­NANA FI­BRE

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On her pas­sion project:

“Only 16 per cent of women in In­dia have ac­cess to san­i­tary pads, so this is some­thing that we wanted to change by pro­vid­ing a healthy, sus­tain­able op­tion. The prod­ucts cur­rently on the mar­ket are mostly made of plas­tic or con­tain chem­i­cals that are bad for the skin and long-term use can even cause cer­vi­cal can­cer.”

On mak­ing a dif­fer­ence:

“I was born and raised in New York but I’ve been liv­ing in In­dia for al­most four years. If you can make an idea work here, you im­me­di­ately af­fect a huge pop­u­la­tion. It’s a great place to be able to try out some­thing that can re­ally change lives.”

On be­ing a fe­male leader:

“I’m young, a for­eigner and a woman, so I try to be as as­sertive as pos­si­ble in sit­u­a­tions where I’m not taken se­ri­ously. Some­times even that doesn’t change the dy­nam­ics and I end up say­ing, ‘Okay, it’s more ef­fi­cient if my male co-founder takes the next meet­ing.’ I haven’t found the per­fect so­lu­tion yet, but we’re work­ing on it.”

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