While others complain about problems other people looks for solutions to solve those problems. This was the case with three Technology graduates from Massachusetts Institute. Three brilliant ladies developed a biodegradable sanitary pad that is made from banana fibre specifically for the Indian market. They started their project last year October but has gained so much popularity over a few months. Since many women in rural India lack sanitary pads the three female engineers knew that their startups would be a hit.

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These sanitary products are different from commercially available pads which are usually made out of bleached wood pulp. As a matter of fact normal pads can cause skin irritation because of the super absorbent polymer it has. This new organic kind of pad is made from fibre from discarded banana trees. Since there are many acres of banana trees in India, after harvest farmers cut down and discard the old to trees to plant new ones. These discarded fibres are bought from banana farmers to make an extra income for their agro by product. It is also environmental friendly and degrades within six months. The organization known as Saathi will work with foundations to be able to distribute 10,000 units among women in rural areas as part of uts OneMillionPads programme.