Eco Femme Cloth Pads: Reaching Rural Women
Eco Femme (EF) was a social enterprise founded in 2010. It developed re-usable cloth sanitary napkins and marketed towards those looking for sustainable products to manage their menstrual hygiene. The enterprise faced several challenges in reaching their target market of poor women in rural India. There was a taboo attached to menstruation and it was thus a difficult topic to discuss. Also, there were popular, commonly used, and easily available substitutes in the market, which were heavily marketed and distributed. EF had narrowed its options down to three broad distribution options-community groups, small convenience stores, and apparel retailers; the team needed to choose and develop a plan. Sreeram Sivaramakrishnan is affiliated with NMIMS University. Subhasis Ray is affiliated with Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar. Paromita Goswami is affiliated with Shiv Nadar University.