Address: RZH-2/144,"C", Bengali Colony, Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi-110045
Regions of Operation: Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat
There are about 300 million women in India who do not use sanitary napkins during menstruation; owing to the lack of availability, awareness and affordability. In the absence of menstrual hygiene products, women and adolescent girls in this country make use of dirty rags, bark, ash and mud instead translating into loss of 50 workings days in a year and leading to 23 percent school dropout rate among pubescent girls. Aakar Innovations is trying to change this disturbing picture in India by providing affordable, biodegradable and high quality sanitary pads to rural women who currently do not have access to it. These sanitary pads are manufactured by women self-groups who then also distribute them among other women in the village. We raise awareness, boost confidence, ease pain, save lives and increase social and economic opportunities for girls and women.
Our product named ‘Anandi’ is an affordable and comfortable, 100% compostable, quality pad being produced in small, women-owned, energy-efficient, mini-factory set up in the village or slum.
Jaydeep Mandal, Founder & Managing Director
An extremely passionate innovator & engineer, Jaydeep created Aakar Innovations to create sustainable change in rural India by promoting better adoption of grassroots innovations.
SombodhiGhosh, Co-founder & Director
Social entrepreneur demonstrating experience in Operations, Operational Excellence, Business Strategy, Relationship Management, Project management, Sustainable Livelihood and Integrity.
Dr.Meera Singh, Executive Director, Aakar Social Ventures
30+ Years Experience, Former Senior Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India.
Nishtha Satyam, Senior strategic consultant
Works with the UNDP in India, leading their work with the private sector. Extensive experience in designing models aimed to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities and foster social change on more structural and systemic issues. ~8 years of experience building strategic partnerships and consensus between the private and public sector.