Muruganantham has been accorded the recognition as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2014 for
his accomplishments. He is in the company of the likes of Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, Serena Williams,
Ronaldo, Xi Jinping, Jeff Bezos, Malala, Shinzo Abe, Beyonce, Putin, Arundhati
Roy, Hilary Clinton etc., to name a few of the 100.
given women from low income groups in India dignity, by making it possible for
them to afford to buy sanitary towels and provide them with an income at the
same time. Arunachalam Murugananthamis the person who changed things. From a
poor background in the South of India, he created the world’s first low-cost
machine to produce sanitary towels. According to a report by market research
group AC Nielsen, “Sanitary Protection: Every Woman’s Health Right”, 88% of
women in India are driven to use ashes, newspapers, sand husks and dried leaves
during their periods. As a result of these unhygienic practices, more than 70%
of women suffer from reproductive tract infections, increasing the risk of
contracting associated cancers.
Muruganantham re-engineered a sanitary machine, and in 2006 it won the
award for the best innovation for the betterment of society from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Chennai. Plus, he also received an Indian presidential
award for innovation. Currently more than 1300 machines made by his start-up
company, Jayaashree Industries, are installed across 27 states in India and
seven other countries.. This social entrepreneur sells his low cost machines
directly to rural women through the support of bank loans and not-for-profit
organisations. A machine operator can learn the entire towel-making process in
three hours and then employ three others to help with processing and
Muruganantham says, “Creating one Million livelihoods for poor women and
making India as 100 % sanitary napkin using country from current level of only
2% in rural also it will generate employment for one million women. No one is
bothered about uneducated and illiterate people. Through this model, they can
live with dignity.”
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Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
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