Rags To Pads

A healthy period is a western luxury.

Oprah says we should celebrate our periods. Which is easy to say when a healthy period is only a trip to Walgreens away. But in rural India, the cost of your box of Stayfree can be three full days’ salary. So with tampons and pads out of the question, many rural Indian women control their flows by stuffing dirty rags up inside of them.

Sorry to be so graphic. But that’s how it is. And it means that poor Indian women risk vaginal and urinary tract infections (and thus illness, incontinence, and infertility) during every period from puberty to menopause.

But today you can help solve this problem by donating seed capital to a small-scale, market-based pilot effort to create affordable pads.

Help create health and opportunity — at the same time.

Your donation will help the Pardada Pardadi Girls School create a business that a) provides extremely low-cost pads and b) creates employment opportunities for women in a region that has almost none. The money we raise will:

  • Buy a machine that makes sanitary napkins
  • Buy a year’s worth of raw materials
  • Support two graduates’ efforts to make the business profitable

This will cost $5,000, or the equivalent of twenty-five iPhones. Here’s how it’ll work.

Your donation will not create a not a charity. This program aims to create a self-sustainable business.

How you can help.

We suggest you consider $40, which is perhaps what you spend on pads over the course of the year. In a region where $2.50 a day is considered a good income, the money you spend for a year of healthy periods might change some lives for a lifetime.

Please see this site to donate

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