Eco-friendly Low-cost Liquid Absorbent (ELLA) Pad, a social initiative, with the support of European Union (EU) funded Sustained Opportunities for Nutrition Governance (SONGO) project has targeted of 147,000 households for improving their livelihood and ensuring sustainable nutrition.
SONGO project has started a pilot project to develop the capacity of char women to make their own sanitary towels through reusing the textile scraps.
A three-week long training programme on ‘Capacity Development of Young Entrepreneurs in Making Biodegradable Low-cost Sanitary Pad’ was started from Wednesday at Gaibandha.
Mostofa Islam Reza, Operation Head of EU supported SONGO project, inaugurated the programme as the chief guest.
Mahe Alam, Enterprise Promotion and Private Sector Engagement Manager of ICCO Cooperation (Part of Cordaid), appreciated the reusable sanitary pad initiative of ELLA Pad to ensure access to the sanitary pads to the period poverty of monga area.
He also informed that ELLA Pad will install the pad banks in three selected schools next month as pilot basis. Later the model will be replicated in 18 unions of Gaibandha and Kurigram.
The programme was moderated by Shamim Alom, Inclusive Business Adviser of SONGO project.
Mamunur Rahman, Founder of ELLA Pad, highlighted the quality of the products and narrated the impact of enhancing the carbon handprint of the products.
Each of the ELLA pad is contributing in saving about 300 litre of water and 0.1kg of CO2 during the production process alone, he explained. In terms of cost, ELLA pad users can save at least 20-25 per cent of their budgets for sanitary pads.