Saathi Pads

Amrita Saigal and Kristin Kagetsu

Product description Brand name and product description

Saathi Pads are fully biodegradable sanitary pads made from waste banana tree fiber. The for-profit startup is based in Ahmedabad, India.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The current distribution model relies on local entrepreneurial women manufacturing and selling Saathi pads directly to users.

There have also been plans to set up a partnership with an NGO as a pilot program for distribution. Saathi is embarking on a partnership with Ekal Vidyalaya, one of India’s largest education NGOs, which has a network of over 56,000 schools in every state in India, to distribute one million pads to women beginning September 2016.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.
Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Traditional methods (ex. reusable cloth), locally available commercial menstrual pads which which can be too expensive for low-income women and to afford (ex. Stayfree, among many others)

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Promotion of menstrual hygiene, retention in work and school for women and girls, decrease in generated environmental waste.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Indian women and girls in urban and rural areas aged 12-47 years (menstrual age).

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