Ella pad users can save at least 20-25% of their budgets for sanitary pads
Eco-friendly Low-cost Liquid Absorbent (Ella) Pad has initiated training for the underprivileged young women from the Gaibandha and Kurigram districts’ char areas to emerge as innovative entrepreneurs to produce reusable biodegradable sanitary pads.
Ella Pad with the support of the European Union (EU) funded the Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (Songo) project started the pilot project to develop the capacity of char women to make their own sanitary towels reusing the textile scraps.
According to the officials, to ensure the health and nutrition of the under-privileged char women, the Songo project has targeted 147,000 households to improve their livelihood and to ensure sustainable nutrition.
A three-week-long training program on “Capacity Development of Young Entrepreneurs in Making Biodegradable Low-cost Sanitary Pad” started from October 27 at Gaibandha.
Mostofa Islam Reza, operation head of the EU supported Songo project, kicked off the programme highlighting the health and nutrition of people in the char areas.
Songo project along with Ella Pad initiated production of the low-cost reusable sanitary towels considering the affordability of the poor women.
Mahe Alam, enterprise promotion and private sector engagement manager of ICCO Cooperation (Part of Cordaid), appreciated the reusable sanitary pad initiative of Ella Pad to ensure access to the sanitary pads to the period of poverty of the Monga area.
He also informed that Ella Pad will install the pad banks in three selected schools next month on a pilot basis.
Later the model would be replicated in 18 unions of Gaibandha and Kurigram. Many girls who stop going to school due to lack of access to sanitary pads will be benefited from these pad banks.
In addition to health and hygiene, the biodegradable Ella Pad is good for the environment as well.
Participating in the discussion, Mamunur Rahman, Founder of Ella Pad, highlighted the quality of the products. He narrated the impact of enhancing the carbon handprint of the products.
Each of the Ella pads is contributing to saving about 300 litres of water and 0.1kg of CO2 during the production process alone, he explained.
In terms of cost, Ella pad users can save at least 20-25% of their budgets for sanitary pads.
He mentioned further that was also cost-effective if long term health consequences are taken under consideration while traditional plastic pads were creating health hazards like cervical cancer, infertility and numerous infection-related diseases.
The program was moderated by Shamim Alom, inclusive business adviser of the Songo project. Among others, Muhammad Imran, Fundraising and Donor Relations Manager, Asia Cluster of ICCO Part of Cordaid was also present at the opening program.