In collaboration with Hatti Hatti, NGO that works for women empowerment, total of 177 pieces of reusable menstrual pads were manufactured. The pads were comfortable, affordable and well-made as we experimented by ourselves. Those reusable menstrual pads were like close allies for your body, disappearing underneath your clothes and letting you live your life as you would any other day of the month.
The main purpose of this event was to aware people about the features and use of the reusable menstrual pads. The stalls were placed in two cinema halls, Jay Nepal and Kumari, keeping in mind about the release of the successful Indian movie named Padman. People usually neglect to use the reusable pads because they don’t trust the brand or feel uncomfortable to wash it again and again; however, they prefer the commercial pads. Cloth pads can cost more than a pack of disposables, but they last for a very long time. You don’t have to spend again on pads or tampons— in long run. Moreover, reusable pads are more comfortable and are better for the environment. People are less aware about the commercial pads containing chemicals and synthetic fibers. Nonetheless, some women are thinking twice about wearing these plastic products so close to their skin.
We managed to sell 64 pieces of reusable menstrual pads along with 6 comics related to menstrual hygiene which was published by the Putali Production. The comic contained all sorts of information about the menstrual cycle and the menstrual hygiene. Our target was not only the women but men as well. Most of the middle age women purchased the pads as the youngsters prefer the disposables. Few men also bought the pads as well as the comic for their loved ones or daughter to help them experience and learn more. The total income from this event was NRs 20500 which will be further used for the Surkhet project.