Social entrepreneur who is known as the menstruation man – Meem

Social entrepreneur who is known as the menstruation man

 In Amazing, Inspiring, People

Arunachalam Muruganantham, the son of poor handloom weavers in South India, realised that his wife was using old rags to deal with menstruation because she couldn’t afford sanitary pads. Muruga was shocked. He decided to produce her sanitary pads himself. At first it seemed a simple task, but the feedback was devastating.

He decided to test the sanitary pads himself. He built a uterus using a rubber bladder, filled it with animal blood and fixed it to his hip.

Unfortunately he began to smell and his clothes were often stained with blood. His neighbours thought he’s ill or perverted. After a while his wife left him.

But Muruga didn’t give up. He knew why he was going through all this. Muruga was on mission: to produce low-cost sanitary pads for all the girls and women in his country.


There are 300 million women in India without access to safe menstrual hygiene products.

Today he is one of India’s most well-known social entrepreneurs and TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. Also, his wife is back.

Source: Al Jazeera Photo by: Dirk Gilson/Al Jazeera

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