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PublicationBusiness model innovation: low-cost and accessible female hygiene products

The Inclusive Innovation Business Model series showcases the innovative and inclusive solutions that social enterprises have developed to tackle tough development challenges, particularly in service delivery to the poor. Each business model is based on the experiences of several social enterprises from across the globe that have developed similar approaches and strategies to delivery services to the poor or to improve their livelihoods.

The inclusive innovation business model series has been published on the World Bank Group's Innovation Policy Platform.

Low-Cost and Accessible Female Hygiene Products

  • Production and distribution of high-quality sanitary products at affordable prices.
  • Maximizing reach through production in and distribution to rural and remote areas.
  • Combination of filling a need (sanitary pads) with income generation for poor women.
  • Using locally available raw materials, including agri-business waste and addressing environmental concerns through compostable pads.
  • Working with schools to create synergies in menstrual hygiene management education and sale of products.

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