Saral Open House

On 26th August, we hosted our very first ‘ Saral Open House ‘ for those interested in getting to know what we do, a little bit more.

We are so grateful to all those who attended the event and to those who supported us throughout.

We truly appreciate all of you out there!

Here are a few glimpses of the successful  Open House event at Saral Designs. We hope you enjoy them and share your thoughts about it with us.

A full house at Saral Open House
A full house at Saral Open House
Our CTO during his session on the manufacturing unit
Our CTO – Kartik Mehta during his session on the manufacturing unit
During the tour of the production area
Vijay Prakash  with the guests during the tour of the production area
A happy team member during the sales session
Kalyani Joshi our Sales lead during the sales session
The guests blowing away their troubles during the balloon activity
The guests blowing away their troubles during the balloon activity
During our favorite balloon game with the guests at the Saral Open House
During our favourite balloon game with the guests at the Saral Open House
Our guests checking in at the Saral Open House
Our guests checking in at the Saral Open House
Suhani Mohan with the Founder of Red is the New Green at the Saral Open House
Suhani Mohan with the Founder of Red is the New Green at the Saral Open House
A happy Saral Team , enjoying the success of the event
A happy Saral Team, enjoying the success post the event

Saral Designs wins the National Entrepreneurship Award

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Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh presented the First National entrepreneurship awards 2016 in New Delhi. The awards have been presented in order to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of India’s youth and encourage more young Indians to become entrepreneurs.

Saral Designs won in the Chemicals, Pharma, Bio and other processed material category along with a prize money of Rs 5Lac.

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Designing a Better Menstrual Hygiene Future

At Saral Designs we have one primary focus in mind- to make sure that one day each woman has access to the right products during her periods. As a nation, we are far from that goal right now.  Only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women have access to the right products. The 88% women who do not have access to the right products  resort to unsanitary means such as cloth and husk sand. The biggest barrier for them is affordability. And our experience has shown that often when a product is unaffordable, there are a lot of myths surrounding the use of the product. This compounded by the fact that periods is already a taboo topic makes our job difficult, if not unsurmountable. We are here to change the conversation, speak scientifically about our bodies, and make sure that we are constantly moving towards a situation where every woman has access to a period pad and uses it without apprehension.

23% of the girls drop out of school when they start their periods. This is something we are pushing to change as well. The more girls that drop out of school, the less we are able to affect mindsets and move towards a more equitable society. So this definitely needs to change. We take small steps towards it, for example by Suvidha our sanitary napkin vending machine that allows for girls to have access to sanitary pads even in school.

But we realise that the first step towards changing any of this is to start by changing the conversation. Keeping this in mind, we held activities over the span of three days from 25th-27th May in Karjat, Maharashtra to connect with women who have not had access to resources so far or have been subject to taboos that can have crippling effect on their health. This was a part of our effort to do something meaningful for Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Each day around 70 women participated in our activities. Our activities were designed to involve them in getting a conversation started around periods, “educate” them about the right products and the right  and get them to burst the myths that have surrounded conversations around periods in their communities. We decided to create awareness by the means of games.

We made them blow baloons and then think of the things that are bothering them..we made them burst the baloons (as a symbol of forgetting their miseries and enjoying, many women are often crippled by their troubles and have stopped being carefree). For us, any significant conversation starts with a happy state of mind.

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We made them play Chinese whisper. At the end of it, like most times with this game, they got their phrase wrong. This was an attempt to show them how period myths propagate and inaccurate stories spread.

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The last game was that of passing the parcel. The box had a period related question. If you get it right, you get a gift. Questions were testing their knowledge on myths, and general knowledge based on biology of periods.

We also had FAQs around access, affordability, safe disposal and other things.

We are still growing and our attempts are a step in the direction of our goals. If you want to get involved or want to buy our products, write to us at contactus@saraldesigns.in or +91-9029330401. You can also purchase our products at the following e-commerce websites: AmazonShopcluesEbay

This Menstrual Hygiene Day let’s strive to create a better future where girls don’t need to drop out of schools due to periods and women don’t need to be crippled due to lack of access or not knowing the right information.