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Living menstruation with dignity - biodegradable sanitary pads in Nepal

A project from NIDISI gGmbH
in Ramgram, Nepal

Every woman should have the right to lead a self-determined life. To combat the stigmatisation of menstruation in Nepal and to create sustainable added value, we are working on biodegradable menstrual products.

Jaquelina Yu
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About this project

We are NIDISI. We believe that the solutions to global challenges already exist. It is a choice not to apply these solutions. As NIDISI, we are proving project by project that it is possible to simultaneously create sustainable value for our society, our environment, our economy and our future. 

In Nepal, girls and women struggle every month to manage their menstruation hygienically, safely and with dignity. In the Far East and Midwest regions of Nepal, menstruating women are considered unclean due to cultural and religious traditions. This negative stigma, combined with the lack of availability of menstrual products, means that in many places, periods become a monthly, degrading ordeal for countless Nepali girls and women. 
Every woman has the right to be independent and self-determined without suffering from hierarchies and restrictive practices. Our vision is to help women live their lives in independence, with self-determination and freedom of choice. 

To realise this vision, NIDISI wants to establish a Nepali social enterprise called Sparśa, which develops and manufactures biodegradable menstrual pads from local Nepali resources to distribute them in Nepal. In this way, the menstrual pads will be affordable, available in remote areas and fully compostable. Sparśa will employ mainly women. The profits generated by the Sparśa non-profit will be used to fund awareness campaigns on menstrual hygiene and the fight for women's rights, and invested in the social enterprise to help it grow. 

This is what you make possible with your donation: 
  • To ensure that the pads will be perfectly tailored to the needs of Nepali women, we are currently conducting a large-scale interview study in 12 districts of Nepal with Nepali research workers - these workers need to be fairly compensated. 
  • For the development of menstrual pads, especially the absorbent layer of banana fibre, a research project was conducted at Grenoble-INP Pagora, UGA in 2021. We still need some machines to process the banana stalks. 
  • Together, we are creating sustainable value for our society, our environment, our economy and our future. 
Every donation can significantly improve life for a large number of Nepalese women! Let's do it - because we firmly believe that "Humanity can do better!