Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Menstrual Care Package for less-privileged Girls
Explain your idea in details:
Whenever I see my maid asking for a single pad every other month, I wonder what she does the rest of the days. Women and girls from lower economic households use a clothe during their menstrual days. A clothe, although acting as a temporary pad, it is not an ideal replacement for a maxi pad which are super absorbent and very easy to use; they are replaceable. A clothe, on the other hand has to be washed after every usage. I plan to provide a menstrual package to women belonging to lower class families at an affordable cost. First time packages will differ from usual ones; they will have booklets which will explain the phenomenon of menstruation and three sessions with professional doctors who will educate them on the science behind PMS and other problems they might face. A usual package will contain pads, tampons, a hot bag and medicines. Seminars will be held in villages to further educate the women there on how to use the provided materials and how to live life to the best.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Women already have to face a lot of problems and difficulty. Something that is supposed to be a hygiene product should be made easily available to people. My initial target will the less-privileged communities in my own city, Karachi. From there on, I hope to create an impact in Pakistan. I have to start from my own country and then slowly make my way towards other nations with struggling women. I want to see a country where women of every age, every religion and every caste and creed have easy access to sanitary products.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
My business model will be based on three things: cost of care packages, distribution and partners. The most important thing will be evaluating and recognizing the cost efficiency of this business. We want to provide to people with low income but we also want to keep our business afloat. The next thing will be customer relationships. As usual, we will have to work extra hard to engage and persuade women and their families that this is something worth paying a little money for. Financing and budgeting will have to come from sponsors like organizations that work for women rights. Before the implementation of this entire business, we will have to persuade organizations to finance this trade.
I am a 25 year old doctor from Karachi, Pakistan. I am a writer who loves to read and write short stories and poetry. I also make stop motion animation and dabble in paper engineering from time to time. My hobbies are reading books, writing and drawing/painting comics. I have been published in various online magazines like BOAAT Press, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing and The Legendary. In 2015, I was selected from all over Pakistan to attend the LUMS Young Writers' Workshop in Lahore, along with seven other people. In 2016, my short story was long listed for a local writing competition.