The first man to wear a sanitary napkin

In under 12 minutes, listen to the fascinating journey of a workshop helper - from being rejected by the same women whose lives he wanted to change - to now gearing up to create jobs for a million women.

Recorded at INK2011, Jaipur, India


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About the Speaker

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Innovator, entrepreneur

Arunachalam Muruganantham of Jayaashree Industries designed, created, tested and implemented a sanitary napkin-making machine that operates on a small scale.

Contrary to a large-scale production model which requires Rs.3.5 Crores as initial investment, Jayaashree Industries sanitary napkin-making machine can be made available to a buyer for approximately Rs.65,000. This allows smaller players to adopt the business model propagated by him, and thus generates more employment and wealth in the most neglected sections of society. More specifically, an empowerment forum – such as a Self Help Group or a women’s group – can invest in a sanitary napkin-making unit to create a business that employs up to ten women. The new invention is capable of making 120 napkins per hour.

Overall, the Jayaashree Industries model helps offer livelihood, hygiene, dignity and empowerment to underprivileged women all over the world. And it does so using a sustainable business framework.


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Excellent innovation to propagate in rural India in a big way.i think you can implement this idea in a big way for Social entrepreneur will be a big hit and will be well received and have wider acceptability across India and in under developed countries.Thanks for sharing such a good idea.Take it forward.

Parthi krish

Am happy to see him attained his success after a long chase for it...which cost's his wife,relations and name in society!!!kudos and am impressed

Orin Hardy +1

This talk is fireworks. It touches on so many important issues, and it involves a Man empowering women, but giving them a solution to something men hardly understand. Wow

khizar lah

A Salute from bottom of heart to MR Muruganatham..
We need many more people like you to make India a better place to live

Kanaka Mahalaxmi

thanks anna, for inventing such things for the sisters in the world. we are relaxed during our periods because of your innovations only, we are all very thankful to you and may god bless you for your mission.

Manimaran Subramanian +4294967294

First of all, Great speech. It is wonderful innovation, never gave up until you get the product and what you want to achieve. Not many people talk about this topic in Indian society, you spent many years to find a solution that help under privileged people. Good Luck on your future plan and execution. Keep up your hard work and good heart.

srujan Kallem

Truly inspiring ...Mr.Arunachalam you are amazing and happy to see the real contributor towards society,a big applause ***

sravan bhuma

A salute.. Passion and dedication for achieving his goal.. i admired it.
The point he raised about money is ultimate..
That's not an easy task to have a patent on their name :)

Priya Venugopal

He proved that anything is possible as long as you are True to heart,have a will power to go forward and the patience to implement.A man of such a stature is rare and priceless... A salute to your work,prayers and cheers to go on...

V Mudaliar

Touched my heart Simplicity Genius Salute you!! I wish I had the funds to fund you but one day I will. Keep the good work Sir!

Jessy Prasanna

congragulations Sir,being a man u have gone a step ahead in creating awareness in this particular aspect.i too would like to be a part in this mission.
please contact me on 9551778363

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