Project Baala seeks to eliminate this tradeoff between food, education and sanitary products that prevails in India. The ultimate goal is to generate a self-sustainable model where women with no sanitary facilities can be positively impacted.
88% of the menstruating women in India do not use any sanitary products during their period and use alternatives such as pieces of rag, ash, sand and husk. This results in a drop of 31% in productivity levels of working women and almost 1 in every 4 adolescent girls in the country quits school due to the lack of any sanitary facilities. It is appalling that something that is taken for granted by most of us affects the education and income of nearly half of India’s female population.