Myna Mahila Foundation is located in Mumbai, in Govandi West, at the end of the eastern freeway. It is located in the Natwar Parekh Compound in building 34A.
We’re a social enterprise, running as a non-profit. We aim to be financially sustainable and try to provide work to needy women across low income communities. In legal jargon, we are registered as a Section 8 company in India.
We have fifteen women in production of sanitary and maternity pads. We have over fifty women involves in education and distribution of packets, and need as much help here as we can get! We also have three wonderful managers in the Myna office, Deborah, Archana A, and Archana J.
If you live in Mumbai and want to work or volunteer with us, please see our Careers page. We love learning from others, and hopefully we can share some of our experiences with you too!
If you live outside Mumbai (and/or outside India), please contribute to our Blog with your stories and experiences around women’s health issues. We would also love your support on our social media platforms to share the Myna voice.
Thank you for understanding the importance of our initiative! If you are in India, you can fundraise for specific initiatives and campaigns, such as the Sponsor a Girl campaign and for our Myna Shop and other ideas. We want to raise money to start a daycare center in the slum community, so much help there would be appreciated!
If you are not in India and want to fundraise, please contact us as we would need to collect the funds in the country where you are getting the donations and then receive them in India in a lump-sum amount. Thank you!
No! We are a charity implementation organization that runs its own programs.
We provide one newspaper bag for every pad sold (so with a packet of 7, we give 7 newspaper bags). We explain every woman and girl to wrap the pads in the newspaper bag and dispose them in the dust bin. We encourage women to keep a separate packet or dust bin for their sanitary waste.
We avoid the use of plastic to the extent possible. We understand the problem is of disposal, so we concentrate on make sure people throw the pads appropriately (not flush down the toilet or out of the window!). Our pads are biodegradable but not entirely compostable. We are conducting research to use more compostable materials that are cost-effective.
While we would love to promote the use of reusable materials, such as menstrual cups, these are not feasible to promote in the low-income communities we work in where access to water, let alone hot water, is limited. Menstrual cups need to be kept very sterile, otherwise they can cause many infections.
Reusable cloth pads have a similar problem where people do not have access to hot water to wash them and do not dry them under direct sunlight (rather under the bed or in the bathroom). Hence, damp and/or infected cloth is reused and can cause infections, such as Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).