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Aakar Innovations

Sector: Health

Beneficiaries: Women

Address: RZH-2/144,"C", Bengali Colony, Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi-110045

Regions of Operation: Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat

Overview
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Team
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Overview

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.

Model

Our model focuses on providing affordable, quality sanitary napkins to women in areas beyond the reach of the MNC products and to create a profitable and self-sustainable business entity owned and run by Village Level Entrepreneurs. Our business model works as a platform integrator, selling machines to women Self Help Groups, ensuring timely availability of raw materials at the low cost and best prices and also leveraging our non-profit arm to engage extensively with the village clusters working on community awareness, capacity building of village micro entrepreneurs and ensuring last mile reach.

Products/Services

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Service Name: Low cost sanitary napkins
Service description:

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.

Salient features:

  • Affordable-One pack of 8 Anandi pads sells for 20 rupees. The profit goes to the women owners.
  • Accessible-The Anandi pads are manufactured by women self-help groups, and the sanitary pads are sold at group meetings as well as by women vendors.
  • 100% compostable-The Anandi pad is fully biodegradable in compostable conditions, solving the problem of rural disposal and ensuring minimal damage to the environment.
  • Prevents disease and saves lives- The use of sterilized, disposable sanitary pads such as Anandi prevents infections and spread of disease, illness, including cervical cancers, as well as labor complications, all of which claim thousands of lives each year.

Impact

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Team

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.

 

Clients/Partners

We work with both government agencies and NGOs who work in health and economic development. We collaborate with institutions on quality parameters for sanitary napkins & awareness programs. Some of our partners are Vibrant Gujarat, International Fund for Agriculture Development, Institute of Rural Research & Development, Village Volunteers, Aga Khan Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, etc

Recognition

  • Finalist-One of the top 15 finalists in the Artha Venture Challenge 2013
  • Scholarship- Received scholarship for SOCAP 2013, World’s largest social entrepreneurship conference,  Francisco, CA,USA
  • Selected- At round 1, top 3 innovation in “Family Planning and Reproductive Health” Sector in Millennium Alliance 2012-13 by FICCI
  • Runner up- 2nd runner up Village Capital Accelerator Program 2013 jointly organized by CIIE-IIM-A & Village Capital-USA
  • Semi-finalist- Echoing Green Fellowship 2013,USA
  • Selected-DASRA Social Impact Cohort-7 Program 2012-13

How can you partner with us?

Partnerships and strategic alliances is key to our success. We are looking to collaborate with organizations that are willing to make a social impact in health, sanitation and economic development of rural women by providing low cost sanitary napkins. We would provide assistance to corporates who are looking to design their CSR interventions around this sector.We would engage with organizations in assisting us to reach out to the grassroots society and at the same time offering livelihood opportunities to the rural women.