Indian Entrepreneur Brings Dignity to Poor Women
Driven by the revelation that his wife was torn between spending money on milk for the children and buying commercially manufactured sanitary napkins, Indian innovator and inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham embarked on a long and intensive journey to find a solution. His achievement – a simple machine – is bringing dignity to poor women and providing them with a much-needed income source.
Muruganantham has come up with a simple machine to manufacture affordable hygienic sanitary napkins for poor women. It works by turning the pulp of pine wood into the flat, white sanitary pads commonly used by women during their monthly menstruation. The machine’s simplicity means that its use can be expanded easily to other communities. The machine also is designed to fit well with the way women’s cooperatives work and help them earn an income. – (July 2012)