Name Saathi Pads
Vision Pads that are good for your body and the environment.
Year 2015
Company type For-profit
Sector Environment,Health,Sanitation
Region of operation Gujarat, Jharkhand
Headquarters address Ahmedabad, Gujarat Country: India
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Target problem Saathi has developed a small scale manufacturing process to make affordable sanitary pads from waste banana tree fiber. Saathi pads will be manufactured and distributed by local entrepreneurial women in rural India, where the pad market is estimated to be USD 940 million annually.
Key product / Service Sanitary pads
Team size 1-9
Number of beneficiaries 320000
Awards and recognition
  • MIT IDEAS Winner – Spring 2010
  • One of top 20 technology projects in the country chosen to present at the USAID science expo September 2010
  • MIT Executive Summary Competition – Emerging Track Runner Up – Winter 2011
  • Tufts 100K Entrepreneurship Competition Runner-Up – Spring 2011
  • MIT 100K Semifinalist – Spring 2011
  • MassChallenge Semifinalist – Spring 2011
  • Accepted into Deshpande Foundation for Social Enterprise Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program – Fall 2011

Recognized in Forbes

  • The Wall street Journal and The Better India

Funding and Operating Model

Funding round Angel
Total funding raised
Investors No investors specified yet. Please edit page to add some.
Business details Saathi has two revenue sources: selling Saathi machines and selling packages of raw materials to produce pads. Local entrepreneurial women will manufacture and sell Saathi pads for Rs.2/pad.

Saathi targets the rural poor, a group that has yet to be reached by any large pad manufacturing or distribution company. Additionally, the Saathi small-scale manufacturing machine is a low cost, modular, and locally made system that requires just two female workers to produce pads quickly, providing them with full time employment.

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