The Indian Sanitary Pad Revolution

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. He is also known as “Pad Man” of India.

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and has innovated grass-roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. His mini-machines, which can manufacture sanitary pads for less than a third of the cost of commercial pads, have been installed in 23 of the 29 states of India. He is currently planning to expand the production of these machines to 106 nations. In 2014, TIME magazine placed him in its list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2016, he was awarded Padma Shri by Government of India. Recognised as the Pad Man of India, listen to Arunachalam talk about why #MenstruationMatters and what he is doing to revolutionise the sanitary napkin industry of our country.