Measurable Social Impact
Aakar is a social enterprise that brings significant changes for girls and women in rural villages and urban slums, through transformations in health & safety, comfort & confidence, and in social & economic status. The opportunities and resources provided by Aakar allow women and girls to empower themselves in such a way that this change is spread through-out their families and communities.
Lifts Women Out of Poverty
The economic domino effect created by Aakar is instrumental in reducing poverty in the most underprivileged and marginalised section of our society. In the long term, economic empowerment results in key changes such as improvement in social infrastructure and reduction in migration from village to cities.
Raises Awareness of Women’s Rights
Aakar spreads awareness about better menstrual hygiene among rural and urban women. This leads to an increase in awareness about women’s health and other needs not just among women and girls, but among male members of the family as well.
Creates Much Needed Jobs
As the disposable incomes available to families increases, due to the direct employment of women, more capacity will be generated throughout local communities. If the income of many local individuals increases, then the village’s overall income level increases and new shops and services are created.
Prevents Pain, Disease, and Death
Our low cost sanitary pad, Anandi, along with our awareness programmes, significantly improves some of the biggest issues in Indian public health system, saving lives and preventing illness, disease, and pain.
Increases Number of Workdays
Most women remain at home during menstruation due to social stigma, discomfort, and consequeses of unhygienic means to address their menstrual flow. This leads to a loss of about 50 days of employment per woman every year. Introducing the Anandi pad to working women is expected to increase the number of working days by at least 30 days, leading to increased income. in migration from village to cities.
Reduces School Dropout Rate
In rural India, one in four adolescent girls (12-18 years old) drops out of school after they begin menstruation and those who stay in school are absent about five days each month. Using sanitary napkins such as the Anandi pad has decreased the dropout rate by 90%.