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Women with Disabilities Lead a Sanitary Napkin Production Company

OFPO members during the training session on producing sanitary napkins
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Two SHGs in Uttar Pradesh joined together to form an Off Farmer Producer Organization to locally produce and sell sanitary napkins.

With an objective to create awareness on menstrual hygiene, two inclusive Self-Help Groups, supported by CBM, formed an Off Farmer Producer Organization (OFPO) to locally produce and sell sanitary napkins.

Two Self-Help Groups, supported by CBM in the Gorakhpur and Kushinagar districts of Uttar Pradesh, set up an inclusive Off Farmer Producer Organization (OFPO) to locally produce and sell sanitary napkins. Led by a board of nine women directors with disabilities, the start-up aims to create awareness on menstrual hygiene and meet the needs of adolescent schoolers from rural areas, where coming of age often puts an end to a girl’s education. 

In addition to addressing sanitation and social issues, the OFPO is also a step forward for the Self-Help Group members in developing their business skills and expanding their roles in the communities. Twenty women were trained in a two-day training session on the technique and procedure of making sanitary napkins. Having formed from two inclusive SHGs, the OFPO also engages women with disabilities in production and marketing and makes it a source of their livelihood. With the learnings from the training, members will provide low-cost high-quality sanitary napkins to women and adolescent girls in rural areas.

The OFPO successfully addresses multiple issues at a time. In addition to empowering women to take on economic and social responsibilities, it creates awareness on the importance of sanitation and education among villagers. 

CBM directly supported the initiative by building the skills of members with disabilities on production and business plan development. CBM has also been actively engaged in the formation and capacity building of the board members of the OFPO.

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