Project Baala seeks to make menstruation a non-issue in India, through specially designed reusable sanitary napkins that can be used for two years and innovative menstrual awareness workshops. Our aim is to impact the 87% of women and girls in India who use old rags and sometimes even leaves, hay and sand as menstrual absorbents.
#SOUMYA DABRIWAL Founder, Project Baala conducting a Workshop for Women
In addition to providing reusable napkins that solve multiple problems like affordability, menstrual waste and accessibility to safe sanitary-wear, Project Baala also conducts multi-generational awareness workshops to eliminate the myths and taboos around menstruation.
The project has benefited 25,000+ girls/women in India with great results and feedback.
Soumya Dabriwal, 22, is the founder of the project and has previously co-founded two other social initiatives in UK and India. She is an economist with a specialization in development economics and has worked in the development sector in India, Ghana, South Africa and Uganda. With several years of experience in volunteering and witnessing the situation of underprivileged girls in rural India through the surveys, we created Project Baala.
Baala (meaning young girl in Hindi) aims to tackle the main problem about female menstrual hygiene that we recognized in India: the expense of modern sanitary products, problem of disposal, complete lack of awareness and information and the social taboos surrounding menstruation.