Challenging the static and rigid notion of the society about the sanitary pads, women in Jabua’s Amba Khodra village has started a manufacturing unit of sanitary napkins. Overcoming opposition from the village; women say ‘we can now do everything easier without any worry’.
One of the unit members said,”Women used to risk their health. Then we took a loan under National Rural Livelihood Mission & established the unit.”
Earlier women and girls were using clothes in periods but now they have started purchasing pads from them. “The unit now earns Rs 900- Rs 1000 per month & make 600-700 pads every month,” the unit member added.
Hemlata, the group leader of the unit claimed that when the work was started they faced opposition from the elders & men of the village who said they won’t allow this as this is a dirty job. “But the women’s determination made this possible,” she said proudly.
Commenting on the achievement, DPM National Rural Livelihood Mission Jhabua said,”earlier pads were not used, the issue was a taboo & never discussed.”
“Women used old methods & fell prey to infections. We talked to them & they decided to start this. They faced severe opposition initially but slowly they made it possible,” he added.