Mapping women hygiene through innovation

Saathi- Saathi began in 2015, when its co-founders came together on a mission to create fully eco-friendly, compostable sanitary napkins using locally sourced banana fiber from the state of Gujarat, where Saathi is based. Saathi pads are Biodegradable & Compostable, using plant-based materials for the leak-proof outer layers of the napkin. Saathi pads are made with banana fibre because of its highly absorbent properties, and the environmental and social benefits of its supply chain.

“Our product can be used safely and responsibly by women everywhere because it is sustainable. It is an all natural product that doesn’t cause any irritation or rashes or have longterm negative effects on women’s health like the commercial chemical filled plastic pads. In that way, it is a healthy option. In addition to that, we are running our #onemillionpads campaign to provide pads to women in rural Jharkhand through our partnership with Ekal Vidyalaya and Arogya Foundation. This is the first step towards being able to provide these to rural women all over India”, shares Tarun Bothra and Kristin Kagetsu, co-founders of Saathi.

“Now the government and other large organizations are understanding the importance of feminine hygiene and taking measures to improve women’s health and hygiene. We believe it will take time but it is definitely improving. It is not just an issue about sanitary pad access and awareness but also about access to toilets as well so women have a safe place to use those products”, Bothra and Kagetsu add.