India , a country with rich culture and heritage is also rich with poor people , the economic condition of many of the families in the rural areas is so bad that they strive either on one meal per day or a the max two meals per day this situation may be related to the poor planning of the government in the forms of reforms and also the wide spread corruption but India is also rich in people who get insipred in these situations and do something mindboggling . Such an inventor is Arunachalam Muruganatham born in a poor family working in a workshop saw his wife one day carrying rags in her hands and out of curisoity asked her what was the need for those rags and he got a peculiar answer saying it was intended to replace a sanitary napkin since sanitary napkin cost a lot and by buying it they may have to go without milk for that month , this made Mr Muruganathan to realise the fact that women in his household are living a really pathetic life using rags for sanitary napkins which made him determined to find a solution for this and create a low cost sanitary napkin . Currently, 88% of women in India use dirty rags, newspapers, dried leaves, and even ashes during their periods, because they just can’t afford sanitary napkins. Arunachalam Murugantham set out to make his dream come true by trying to make a cost-effective sanitary napkin by wearing one himself — along with a goat blood-filled bladder!!!. It took arunachalam sometime to come up with what napkins were actually made of , infact he tried to wear one of the napkins himself, since approaching volunteers was difficult , he started wearing underwear like how females wear ( no! not the sexy panties !!) and started using the napkin himself.
Napkins are made of cellulose derived from the bark of a tree, the machine which converts the pine wood fiber into cellulose cost more than $500,000.It’s one of the reasons why only multinational giants such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble have dominated the sanitary napkin making industry in India.It took Muruganantham a almost 4 years to create a simpler version of the machine, but he eventually found a solution. Powered by electricity and foot pedals, the machine de-fibers the cellulose, compresses it into napkin form, seals it with non-woven fabrics.
Finally sterilizes it with ultraviolet light. His company Jayaashree Industries can now make 1,000 napkins a day, which retail for about $0.25 for a package of eight.Indeed a Rich story of Success from a developing country like India . Hats Off to Mr Murganatham Check out this video where he Explains his story