All pledges will be collected automatically until May 22, 2017.
The money raised will support Saathi to participate to the Good 100 Festival and be able to collaborate with participants and to find new partnerships to increase impact. In order to scale up the production, we are also looking at bringing the product to the global market and hope that the focus on sustainability at the Good 100 Festival will connect us to the right people.
This kind of partnerships, as well as the extra money that could come, would enable us to:
– Increase the number of farmers we’re working with to increase impact
– Launch our urban brand by participating in local fairs and launch our online shop
– Host awareness workshops about sanitary pad waste
Saathi is a social enterprise that is dedicated to providing an end-to-end solution for sanitary protection to women in India. Saathi aims to empower local communities via a local supply chain, give girls and women access to safe feminine hygiene products, and find a solution for upcycling pads into compost, biogas, and biodigesters to reduce carbon emissions. In order to do this, we have developed a fully biodegradable sanitary pad from waste banana tree fiber.
Saathi believes in taking a cradle-to-cradle approach to women’s menstrual health, which benefits women and their communities at every step in the process. We envision a system where pads are made from local fiber and are distributed in effective and relevant ways, with education and outreach. We take responsibility for the waste, by giving women ways to dispose of, collect, and “upcycle” them to make high-value fertilizer or biogas, bringing additional income to the community. We have just launched our #onemillionpads program in rural Jharkhand and will be launching our new urban brand in the next month.
NBC (one million pads initiative)
AJ+ video (making pads and impact) reach 1.1M (6th March 2017)
Asia Society (winning Action Lab grant)
The Better India (one million pads initiative) reach 21,000 (1st March 2017)Saathi #onemillionpads campaign video
Financial Express (winning 3M award)
Wall Street Journal (one of the innovations coming from MIT DLab)