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How Indian Women are Leading a Menstrual Health Revolution Through Micro-Entrepreneurship

Lakshmi, a mother of four, isn’t accustomed to talking about her periods. Living in a semi-nomadic community of migrants occupied in construction labor, she focuses solely on supporting her family. Like most women within the community, she used old rags or cloth to manage her cycle. As a rule of thumb, none of them talk about their periods. Her children – three of whom are daughters – were bound to take after her. For a family of seven that lived in a makeshift tent, sanitary napkins were an urban luxury. Now, as a micro-entrepreneur with Sukhibhava, a local social enterprise, Lakshmi can afford to give her daughters the key to something she didn’t have – the right to dignity and health.

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