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Help Make Sanitary Pads Available To Rural Women In Jharkhand
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    women in rural Jharkhand get access to sanitary pads

    from Ranchi, Jharkhand

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Panchi is a social entrepreneurship initiative focused on menstrual health and accessibility. It is aimed at reaching out to women in remote and rural areas in the state of Jharkhand, India to ensure access to sanitary pads, while also providing employment opportunities at units set up to manufacture the said pads. The unique value proposition of this initiative is:
  • Community funding
  • Creating awareness and mitigating the stigma around menstruation
  • Providing good quality sanitary pads at affordable prices right at the doorstep through confidante distribution network
Menstruation is an integral part of most women’s lives, which would follow that sanitary pads are also essential commodities which are required regularly. Ironically, this item remains conspicuous from most ration lists, grocery lists, medical essentials lists etc. The most recent example of this is the exclusion of sanitary pads from ‘essentials’ kits being provided under the ambit of COVID-19 relief.
All of this points to the underlying truth that most of our women are not using sanitary pads. There are two primary reasons for this. Firstly, the product isn’t easily available to all. The Government’s sanitary pads distribution operations are carried out by the Education department, with free sanitary pads being provided to girl students in Government schools. While this serves the purpose of incentivising education for girls, it automatically excludes menstruating women who have crossed the school-going age, or girls who aren’t enrolled in schools in the first place. This system also fails to provide during vacations, or other extraordinary situations (such as a pandemic!). Due to this erratic nature of supply of sanitary pads, it isn’t being adopted by women widely, and they prefer to rely on archaic (and usually unsafe) methods of menstrual hygiene. The second major reason is widespread stigma surrounding anything to do with menstruation. Even if such products are made available, just the prospect of walking down to the store to purchase sanitary pads is a shameful and daunting ordeal for many.
Panchi aims to tackle both these problems:
  1. Setting up Gel pad making machines, run entirely by women would not only ensure the availability of good quality sanitary pads, but additionally each machine would guarantee employment and financial independence for 30 women employees
  2. Another singular feature of Panchi is that the distribution of pads would be done by ASHA workers, school teachers, local women leaders etc. These women are well-ingrained and respected in the communities they live in, and are approachable. This would mitigate the stigma and encourage more and more women to switch to sanitary pads. In addition to this, Panchi would also work on spreading awareness and eradicating stigma and attitudes of shame surrounding menstruation
We urge you to contribute to our endeavour, which is committed to making the essential commodity of sanitary pads available to women at the grassroots, while also bringing about their upliftment in the long-term. We look forward to your support. Thank you!

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