Monday, September 2, 2013

Menstrual Man | From Rags to Riches

There are many men who squirm at the mention of a woman’s period. Then there’s Muruganantham, a school dropout who went so far as to analyze strangers’ used menstrual pads in his quest to produce low-cost sanitary napkins for his wife.

It wasn’t long before his community in India shunned him. Even his wife, the source of his inspiration, decided that he was a pervert and left him. But that was then.

Today, Muruganantham is hailed as a visionary around the world. Not only are his machines providing poor Indian women with access to basic feminine hygiene, but his insistence that they produce and sell their own pads is giving them a livelihood.

Menstrual Man” tells the inspiring story of an unlikely hero, a man who rose from below the poverty line to stand up for the ignored and forgotten. It underscores the role of social entrepreneurship in combating poverty, and the importance of economic empowerment of women to enable a better world.

Now that's what I call really filling a niche. Here's the trailer -

Source: Menstrual Man | A Documentary


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