We held our session at Hargoan, Sitapur. Around 70-75 women attended the session today from various villages around Sitapur. Our discussion is not solely focused on menstrual cups. It is also on becoming more open about talking about menstruation. We talk about common problems women face, and myths and tabboos that women believe in or have to follow due to household or societal pressures. We provide an environment for them to openly discuss such issues and practices.
We understand that menstrual cups are priceless for women but initially women do not understand its value. This is the reason why we are selling these menstrual cups for Rs. 50, when the market value is Rs. 475 and we have purchased in bulk for Rs. 275 each. If we don’t sell the cups, we are afraid that many women who get the cup by attending the session will dispose it and we want to provide the cup only to the potential users and not create a burden on anyone. If the people who use it prefer it over other alternatives, then they will spread it themselves. 20 women bought 24 cups today enthusiastically today either for themselves, daughters or daughters-in-law. We have taken the phone numbers of these women and will stay in touch with them for 6 months in case if they need any kind of assistance with the usage of the cups.
The only problem today was that most of these women do not have access to smartphones and do not know what Amazon or Flipkart is. So, if they ever need to order the menstrual cup themselves, they may not have access to it. Hopefully our effort will encourage more opportunities for businesses of menstrual cups in their respective villages not just for men but also women.
Session conducted by Anita Gupta and Harpreet Kapoor. This session was conducted with the help of Nusrat ji, Sonu ji and Dr. Sidharth. Session held by Harpreet Kapoor and Anita Gupta.
Cindy Belardo and Abhishek Yadav