Taking a cue from the edutainment show Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon (MKBKSH), a group of young women from Nawada district of Bihar have set up a sanitary pads bank. They collect Re 1 a day from each girl and use the money to buy sanitary pads for themselves and other girls who may not have the means to buy.
The girls decided to come together to assist each other when they saw how their individual menstrual needs were often not met due to the lack of money. It’s just a one rupee a day voluntary contribution, but this initiative is helping young girls in Nawada district of Bihar speak up about their menstrual needs and claim agency.
Anu Kumari from Amawa village says, “To help someone who doesn’t have money, we deposit one rupee every day. That means each girl raises Rs 30 in a month. We buy the sanitary pads and distribute it among poor girls, who cannot afford to buy them.”