The self – help group “SAHELI” in Pilgao village in Bicholim taluka of Goa(India) is the first SHG in Goa to manufacture and sell eco-friendly sanitary pads.
According to a 2011 survey, only 12 per cent women in India use sanitary napkins which still makes for at least 9,000 tonnes of garbage and India produces over 1 billion non-compostable sanitary pads every month. And with modernisation this number is continuously increasing. Jayshree Parwar, with the help of three other women, had started this initiative in 2015. These pads are manufactured at Jayshree’s home where utmost care is taken regarding
hygiene and sanitation. Till now they have sold 1000 pads and they manufacture 50 packets in a day. One packet consists of eight pads and its retail cost is Rs 40. They sell it under the brand name ‘SAKHI”- bio-degradable sanitary pads. The raw material is procured from Tamil Nadu and the main component of it is the pine wood paper. This pad when buried in mud gets degraded within eight days. These sanitary pads consist of pine wood paper, silicon paper, butter paper, non-woven paper and cotton. They are UV light radiated which helps kills germs. As there is no retail outlet of this SHG, they sell it at various cultural fests like Lokotsav (annual art and culture festival organised by Government of Goa in joint collaboration of West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur in Panaji, Goa) and also at a café like Saraya Art Café at Sangolda.
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