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Canvas My Campus - Nanyang Technological University

I'm a student at Nanyang Technological University and I'm working on this social initiative by Aakar Innovations to equip rural Indian women with affordable sanitary napkins to handle their menstrual needs. For better viewing, watch it full screen!
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Andrew Yin

on 21 September 2015

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BY THE WOMEN, FOR THE WOMEN
FREEDOM FROM SHAME
312
MILLION WOMEN ARE
WITHOUT ACCESS TO
MENSTRUAL PROTECTION
3
OUT
OF 10
GIRLS
DROP OUT OF SCHOOL
ONCE THEY REACH PUBERTY
1
OUT OF
EVERY 5
DURING CHILDBIRTH
WOMEN
WHO DIE
PRACTICES UNHYGIENIC
MENSTRUAL MANAGEMENT
68%
OF INDIAN WOMEN WANT
BUT CANNOT AFFORD
SANITARY NAPKINS
UNTHINKABLE.
SHOCKING.

AND SOMEWHAT, VERY VERY
DISTURBING.
That women today, can still be disenfranchised for something as natural as menstruation.
"It is too expensive for me to buy one."
"My mother too, used old rags."
"I can never buy 'that' from a male shopkeeper."
A
FFORDABILITY.

A
CCESS.

A
WARENESS.

OUR SOLUTION: SIMPLICITY.
We created a low-cost sanitary napkin production unit which could manufacture 100% biodegradable napkins, Anandi.
1
Then, we distribute Anandi pads to the rural areas which are commonly left out by conventional companies due to high transportation costs.
2
"Remote Village"
At the village, trained women entrepreneurs will then reach out to their own social groups who will buy the Anandi pads.
3
So, lets hear what our girls have to say about us!
So far, we have
100 women

employed.
50,000 women
who
gained access to hygienic sanitary napkins
300 girls
who
continue to attend school
during their menstrual period.
But right now, we need your help.
But, we need
more people
to know about this.
It's time
to
break
the silence.
To get the word out and to scale our impact, we need to
1
Hire more qualified staff to conduct menstrual health awareness talks
2
Hire more trainers to train women entrepreneurs
3
Fund rural & underserved schools, shelters with basic sanitation facilities
Yin Ji Jian, Andrew
Nanyang Technological University
A SOCIAL INITIATIVE BY AAKAR INNOVATIONS
AS FEATURED IN
AND SUPPORTED BY
Laying The Foundation: Phase 1
Laying The Foundation: Phase 2
Laying The Foundation: Phase 3
SELECTING THE SCHOOL
ENGAGING WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
DESIGNING, BUILDING, AND IMPLEMENTING
1
We focus on select areas where
gender discrimination and inequality are most
2
Based on these areas, we would then select schools/shelters which Aakar
3
Final selection is based on
ease of infrastructure support
, such as

prevalent in India.
Areas include states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgharh.
Innovations has existing collaborations, relationships and ongoing projects with.
By tapping on our network, we can reap greater focus, on-the-ground knowledge and synergy
with our partners.
roads, and access to manpower to build sanitation facilities such as toilets, weighed against the
depravity of the shelters/schools
.
1
As with any initiative, we serve to better the community and we believe that the
2
By understanding their needs better, we will then be able to create a more efficient, and
community should be engaged to make this initiative a success. As such, we would
hold gatherings and assimilate ourselves to local culture.
well-designed facility which can benefit their daughters, and the community at large.
To build the sanitation facility, we have decided to incorporate a
new material made from water hyacinth, an indigenous weed
highly prevalent throughout India. This helps us to
save costs, and also rid the community of this invasive weed which clogs irrigation canals.
Processed water hyacinth has been known to make
high-tensile strength board materials, which can be used for insulation purposes during colder seasons
. We will consult
local builders, and our partner organizations
to build this sanitary facility.
Pillar of Support: The Team
Yenyee, Ho - Research

Ever curious and kind, Yenyee is determined to find a solution for many of these under-served communities through sustainable practices and simple innovations. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Linguistics with Honors. Meticulous and insightful, she provides research support for our on-the-ground members. She now works as a producter at a production studio, which films documentaries.
Andrew, Yin - Operations

Andrew used to intern at World Toilet Organization (it's legit!), with Yenyee. Together, they founded a social enterprise called IMPad, to provide girls with affordable sanitary napkins using water hyacinth. They were awarded the Young Social Entrepreneurs award in 2012, and Andrew has subsequently taken a gap year from university to volunteer in India for this cause.
Tanvi, Pritmani - Finance

Armed with zeal and passion, Tanvi has a zest for life. During her undergraduate years, she has traveled around India for 1 month on a train to meet aspiring social entrepreneurs. She now works at Deloitte as a financial consultant.
Pillar of Support: Aakar's Partners
Pillar of Support: Volunteers
Of course, the value of our work is the sum of the effort and people who have volunteered their time with us and we will continue to need their support to make this a success.
Pillar of Support:
You!
With your help, we can do amazing things. Fund me or talk to me!
Flight + Accommodation
Feasibility Study
Raw Materials
Manpower
Miscellaneous
$800
$500
$1000
$2500
$200
$800
$1300
$2300
$4800
$5000
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