Saathi Pads

Amrita Saigal and Kristin Kagetsu

Saathi Pads are fully biodegradable sanitary pads made from waste banana tree fiber.

Product description Brand name and product description

Saathi Pads are fully biodegradable sanitary pads made from waste banana tree fiber. The pads are scent-free, unbleached, and can be used for regular to heavy flow. 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?"

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 and educate women about feminine hygiene.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

2.35 USD (178 INR) for an 8-pack Converted to USD in May 2020

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: Good health and well-being

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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