CSC has more than 35000 women entrepreneurs working since long and provides numerous G2C and B2C services at their CSC Centre it is called Digital Kendra’s of that Village. Now they will be also called as Social Kendra’s as we has launched a Project called Swabhimaan, under this Sanitary Napkin Manufacturing Units are to be setup at these CSC Centre after this initiative they will also be called as a Social Kendra’s.

This services will also provide the employment to 5-7 other women at their CSC Centre. To facilitate the society at large CSC is empowering its women entrepreneurs to not only provide sanitary pads at their centers but also to educate women of their society to overcome this social taboo and encourage the usage of sanitary pads. We are providing a unit for manufacturing Bio-degradable, eco-friendly sanitary pads at our units.

Brief about the Project:

  • 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 the “Swabhimaan” brand name and the Organization with the help of VLEs will obtain the trade license for marketing the sanitary napkins at a subsidized rate.
  • 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.

Project Initiation :

Indian villages are fueling their own economy, but contrary to conventional belief, it's not government policies alone which are the drivers, but their own self-sustaining models. Growth at the bottom of the pyramid is at unprecedented level, and the transformation is stark.

Swabhimaan Project was conceptualized to create avenues for the rural and semi-urban women to become self-reliant and also progress towards a healthy eco-friendly lifestyle. CSC’s initiatives like Mini Manufacturing Unit for Sanitary Napkin Units have been received very well with numerous Village Level Entrepreneurs.

Female 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 female students in primary and secondary schools.

CSC SPV raising funds to provide sanitary pads to female 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 its 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 not only girls in Addis Ababa but also those in rural areas.

CSCSPV will provide, install and test the machines and train their Village Level Entrepreneurs and his/her team members. The main features for our Manufacturing facility for Sanitary Napkins are:

  • This is an easy to set-up, Semi-automatic & manual process production line & its modular manufacturing unit is easy to maintain.
  • Customized infrastructure and amenities that ensure timely accomplishment of entire production process.
  • Produces 260mm wings Sterilized Sanitary napkins and 1500-2000 napkins can be produced in a day
  • Generate employment (7-8 per manufacturing unit) and provide livelihood development opportunities. Indirectly generating self-dependent communities.
  • As low as 20% of the manufacturing process needs electricity we are providing 3 years of warranty on the machine

Model for Village Level Entrepreneurs a Social Kendra for their Villages:

  • Village Level Entrepreneur will provide free of cost Sanitary Pads to School Girls (adolescent girls) of their village and town.
  • Girls can also avail the same from their CSC Kendra’s of their village.
  • CSC will provide Rs. 500/- per girls per year to their Women VLEs
  • Verification of the same will be done by the Principal of that school.
  • The Principal of the School will provide written confirmation about the distribution and number of beneficiaries.
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