First of its kind in Kashmir, women SHG manufacture sanitary napkins in Shahgund with JKRLM UMEED's help - JK REVOLUTION
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First of its kind in Kashmir, women SHG manufacture sanitary napkins in Shahgund with JKRLM UMEED’s help

Gowher Maqbool

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Hajin: In a first of its kind in Kashmir valley a self help group consisting of  eleven members has started manufacturing and marketing of sanitary napkins for enhancing their incomes and ensuring better health and hygiene of women in the  village.

The intiative has been started by a group of women from Shahgund village of Bandipora district falls with the support of the JKRLM UMEED.

In a span just of few months, the women have manufactured and marketed a large number of sanitary napkins under the brand name of ‘Rahat Health and Wellbeing.

The unit was formally inaugurated by BDC Chairman Hajin Nazir Ahmad.
During the inauguration, District Program Manager livelihoods Owais Ahamd, IBCB Shreen Shafi , Block Programme Manager Hajin Mehmooda Ji ,PRI’s , team of JKRLM, SHG members were also present.

Owner of this sanitary napkin unit said its cost is also low as compared to the other brands.
Raziya owner of this unit said they are thankful to JKRLM for providing them the opportunity to not only scripting their success story but also earn a livelihood.
“This activity would help in improving the health of rural women and also generate revenue for us.” She said.
Adding that the women have faced tremendous challenges while choosing this business, however they never turned back and carried on the mission in manufucturing Sanitary Napkins.
“We hope we will overcome from this and will perform even better in future.” She said.
“We have recieved training and equipments for making sanitary napkin in Mumbai with the help of JKRLM UMEED.” Raziya said
She further said that her family supported the idea and that JKRLM provided them financial help for setting up a production unit which they run under the name of Rahat health and wellbeing cooperative limited .
Adding that a pad can not only save a woman but it can also save her family.
“We want our brand gets much attention not only in Kashmir but at national and international level as well. We have tested our brand on our selves first then we are selling it in the market.We assure women folk to make full use of our brand which is fully verified and certified by the department.” Raziya said.

She said they are thankfull to the umeed scheme which has given them platform.
“We are grateful to JKRLM block Hajin as without their support it was not possible to achieve this feat. This was dream come true for us.” She said
We have recieved training from Mumbai based company with help of JKRLM department and we have setup our own unit which is being financially supported by JKRLM.

The SHG members said that although these are still early days, the group was able to make 1000 to 1200 napkins per day.
All 11 members of the SHG are engaged in this activity.

“We are ready to market our products as we were waiting of it’s offical launching ceremony of our products which was done today.” They said.
Adding, “Our dream is that product gets worldwide market.”

An official from livelihood department Shreen Shafi said that this project will simultaneously help in spreading awareness on the benefits of adopting hygienic practices and overcoming problems of availability and affordability of sanitary napkins to women in the area.
She further said that this is a much needed initiative that will help serve a key area of women’s health, and therefore will be of immense benefit to the overall community.
The product will be affordable to rural women and it will help them discard their traditional method of using unhygienic cloth.
She hoped more such units would be set up to make available affordable sanitary pads and ensure better menstrual hygiene among women.
She praised them for overcoming odds and starting this project at a time when women are being restricted to four walls of the house .
Making women economically independent is necessary to empower them and State Rural Livelihood Mission is actively working to achieve this, Shreen said.
She further said that people shy away on talking about menstrual hygiene but these girls are working boldly .
Usually, after taking loan, girl is usually seen opening botique but this is something brave and bold decision of these young entreprenuers for which the deserve much applause and appreciation.

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