WHAT IS THE MINI FACTORY

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE LOCAL WOMEN

Each Anandi pad is manufactured in a 'woman supervised' and 'woman employed' mini-factory. This provides an opportunity for local women to become employed, learn entrepreneurial and marketing skills, and even assume management roles within their own community. 

The components in our mini-factory run on simple technology, yet produce sanitary napkins as comfortable and effective as competitive products. This is the result of extensive R&D, both in technology and raw materials.

 

The novelty of this technology lies in integration of well-known equipment and processes with our own technological advancements. This dramatically cuts down production costs without compromising quality, therefore providing a greater profit margin - that is returned to workers.

 

The Anandi production unit model is considered a superior mini-factory in the cottage industry.

RUNNING AN AAKAR MINI FACTORY

Each mini factory is easy to operate and maintain. With basic training, women can produce superior quality Anandi pads and eventually manage their own factories. Additionally, our Mini-Factories require minimal electricity to operate and has a builtin quality standard. We at Aakar Innovations are constantly doing

R&D to further improve on the already existing good quality of our machines as well as the product. 

CUSTOMISED MACHINERY

Each mini factory consists of four machines and two specialised tools which have each been created and customised by Aakar Innovations. 

INDIGENOUS 

RAW MATERIAL

The material used for the Anandi pads is derived from locally available agricultural and plant waste.

WOMEN 

EMPLOYEES

One factory provides employment to 15 women directly through the production unit. Another 15-20 women are employed indirectly through commissions on the sale of Anandi pads.

600-2000

PADS PER DAY

Operating for 8-10 hours per day, one mini factory can provide a hygienic menstrual management option for 5,000 women each month.

COST OF 

MACHINERY

INR 410,000 (6,800 USD)

 

NGOS, self-help groups, CSR programs, governments, and individuals are all able to purchase machines and become Aakar Innovations partners.