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NEW VENTURE: Women engaged in production of sanitary napkins at Kottakuppam in Villupuram.
NEW VENTURE: Women engaged in production of sanitary napkins at Kottakuppam in Villupuram.

A.V. Ragunathan

They have been trained in making sanitary napkins by resource persons from NIFT

VILLUPURAM: A group of women belonging to a minority community at Kottakuppam near here now have another source of income, thanks to a week-long training in manufacturing sanitary napkins.

Resource persons from the National Institute of Fashion Technology trained them in the design and production aspects.

Group leader F. Sabira told The Hindu that the products were being marketed under the brand name Easy Care. Cotton strips for the napkins were being procured from Rajapalayam.

The products make use of gel powder, which has good absorbing capacity. Ms. Sabira exuded the confidence that their products would capture a substantial share in the market.

The group was soon planning to start production of napkins with wings. The Easy Care products have an edge over the leading brands in terms of price; each pack costs Rs.30 as against leading brands priced at Rs.45 a pack. Ms. Sabira said the group, on an average, produced 50 packs every day. The members took turns to market the product.

The cotton strip is sterilised at 80 degree Celsius for about half-an-hour before being wrapped into the cover for better hygiene, she said.

Being implemented through the Commissionerate of the town panchayat, the group received a start-up assistance of Rs.2 lakh under the Asian Development Bank-aided Tsunami Emergency Assistant Project.

The group had made representations to authorities to provide them with modern machinery, uninterrupted power supply and a building of their own.

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