Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham is known as the “Padman” or “Menstrual Man” of India.
In 2014, he was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India
Arunachalam Muruganantham Family
Arunachalam Muruganantham was born in a poor family & lost his father at a young age to the accident.
He quit his studies to support his family. When he got married to Shanthi he was surprised to know that she had to choose between household expenses & buying sanitary napkins.
Arunachalam found it very daunting to understand why MNC companies had such costly sanitary napkins which middle class & lower-middle-class women could not afford.
He then went on to research & manufacture a machine using which he started manufacturing sanitary napkins at a reasonable price which then he started distributing through self-help groups.
A movie was made on Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham’s life in 2018 Produced by Twinkle Khanna, SPE Films India, KriArj Entertainment , Cape of Good Films , Hope Productions
You can view the movie on “Prime Video” https://www.primevideo.com/
Padman movie casts “Akshay Kumar”, “Radhika Apte” & “Sonam Kapoor” in the lead
R. Balakrishnan (Balki) who has made movies like “Cheeni Kum” & “Paa”.
Padman Jukebox can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ztBgtzbW0E
Arunachalam Muruganantham Success Story
Arunachalam Muruganantham (Padman) is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India.
He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.
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Muruganantham company is “Jayaashree Industries”. His company has given women from low income groups in India dignity, by making it possible for them to afford to buy sanitary towels and provide them with an income at the same time.
The low cost mini sanitary napkin manufacturing machine, a revolutionary concept among the high cost complicated machines now in use, will be of immense benefit to ladies SHGs and aspiring women entrepreneurs.
In this machine, wood fiber (raw material) is defibrated, core formed and sealed with soft touch sensitive heat control, giving the final shape of the napkins.
There are 2 models of machines available with him.
Model 1:Manually operated machine set – Rs.1,37,000
Model 2:Semi-Automatic machine set – Rs.2,37,000 (Ex-factory India price + packaging). The price does not include transportation costs, taxes, etc. You
can watch his machine review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bVkk3TcEb8
The sanitary napkins made out of this machine were distributed on trial basis among women who are used to other expensive napkins available in the market.
Arunachalam Muruganantham with Bill Gates
He presented on Cultures of Innovation at the Grand Challenges family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems, part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Arunachalam Muruganantham Pads brand is “Softex”. You can watch his brand story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61zJIwHb2aA