Innovation Allows Indian Women to ‘Make Their Own’ Pads

  Arunachalam Muruganantham, a married man from India, has invented a machine that allows women to make their own menstrual pads from raw materials. The drive behind this invention came when he realized that his wife needed to purchase pads every month, but could not afford to do so and instead was forced to reuse a “soiled rag”. In fact, …

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Aqua-Agriculture: Sustainable Futures for Coastal Populations

For many people living throughout the Global South, the only way to earn an income is through traditional activities. Coastal communities often rely on fishing as one of the only sources of income, but when fish populations begin to dwindle, new sources of income are needed. People living in the town of Mandapam, on the Gulf of Mannar in the …

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A Clean Water Enterprise in Rural India

A lack of infrastructure in rural communities means that villages and towns are often left without clean drinking water. For low-income households this means drinking water that will potentially make them ill, leading to medical bills or a loss of income. Sarvajal is tackling this issue head-on in rural communities in India. They began by offering clean water through locally-owned …

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A Literacy Program with an Important Message

Plain Ink is currently operating in Italy, India, and Afghanistan, striving to improve literacy and educational attainment levels. Their Asian operations consist of activities related to distribution and creation of reading materials. They deliver books, comics, and other reading aids to school and institutions in disadvantaged communities. To compliment this work they also partner with local storytellers, writers, and illustrators …

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