Institute of Research and Development for the Rural Poor (IRDRP); Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Contact: Dr. Irudayasamy
October 2018 – October 2019
IRDRP successfully completed a one-year project whose goals were to setup a biodegradable herbal sanitary pad napkin production unit, to promote menstrual health management among girls in the quarry and tribal areas and to explore distribution channels like Self Help Groups (SHG), Community Based Organizations (CBO) and other NGOs. After setting up the production unit that employed four women on a regular basis, IRDRP produced about 18,000 SAKTHI (power) sanitary pads and sold them through different NGO channels for Rs.1.50 each. The general feedback was that women felt good about the product as it was soft, and cool and provided 6 to 8 hours of protection.
In addition, IRDRP created awareness among 7,000 schoolgirls in 7 different schools, and 82 NGOs in Tamil Nadu. This awareness campaign has helped promote their product resulting in increased demand from the distribution channels.
IRDRP has also completed an impact study and the results are contained in “A Pilot Study Report of Napkin Usage of Stone Quarry Girls” and is available upon request.