CSC network has more than 35000 women entrepreneurs providing various G2C and B2C services to citizens especially in rural India. These CSCs provide digital inclusiveness and support in implementation of various government initiatives as digital literacy, financial inclusion, skill development e.t.c. CSCs are proven self sustainably rural enterprise providing employment to local populace. Their venture into a new social initiative is the “Stree Swabhimaan” project is where Sanitary Napkin Manufacturing Units are being setup to promote women’s health and hygiene.
This service intends to provide employment to at least 8-10 women. CSC is empowering its women entrepreneurs, not only to provide sanitary pads at their centres but also to educate women of their society to overcome this social taboo and encourage the usage of sanitary pads. It shall provide unit for manufacturing Bio-degradable, eco-friendly sanitary pads at our units.
The project focuses on training and establishing a sanitary napkin unit for women and girls to promote menstrual hygiene and to support village level entrepreneurs and SHG groups.
The intervention proposes to create ongoing livelihood options for 35000 women who will be engaged in the manufacturing process by developing their own entrepreneurial ventures at their CSC Centre.
The product (sanitary napkin) will be sold under local brand name and marketed by VLEs
The project also has a menstrual hygiene related awareness generation component and aims to increase usage of sanitary napkins among rural girls in schools and colleges by making the napkins available at the schools.
Girl students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. Many schools have insufficient numbers of latrines, which are often poorly designed and maintained. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to
afford sanitary towels as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether. This is an added challenge to the already existing problems that lead to the high dropout rate of girl students in primary and secondary schools.
CSC Academy proposes to raise funds to provide sanitary pads to girl students in Rural Areas of Country. Village Level Entrepreneurs will distribute the pads to almost 1,000 girls in the primary and secondary schools in their village, encompassing girls from 7th to 12th grade under Swabhimaan project. These Women VLEs will organize trainings and question-and-answer sessions to give girls a forum to discuss related issues along with female teachers and other medical staff in the schools. This project will be on-going and is envisioned to address various issues of rural areas.
A total of 60,895 women have been benefitted through the Stree Swabhiman initiative across 21 states and UT’s which covers 160 districts and 229 blocks.
Multinational companies like Mahindra and Mahindra, HP and PayPal have provided CSC academy with mobile vans in order to impart digital and financial literacy. The mobile Vans consist of a computer lab with all the required facilities.