ADITHI by Arka
The first of it's kind in Sri Lanka

An effort to lessen period poverty by manufacturing the most affordable sanitary pad on the market at present.
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The Machine
The Machine

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At the Adithi site
At the Adithi site

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Work in progress
Work in progress

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The Machine
The Machine

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The Adithi story
In 2020,  Arka received a grant from The Pad Project (2019 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short, Period. End of Sentence) which enabled the importation of a pad machine from Saral Designs, based in Mumbai. 

The overwhelming majority of menstruating women and girls in Sri Lanka do not use pads or tampons owing to lack of access and unaffordability. Having to rely on cloth instead ultimately leads to poor Menstrual Health Management (MHM) resulting in UTIs and work/school disruption.

Adithi distinguishes itself from other brands with its community-centric model of operation - the sanitary pad machine has been installed in a small village just south of Colombo, and its operations and manufacturing will be led by the women living in that area.
This project will provide:
Employment to women living in the local community
Reduce period poverty
Empower women through skill development
Bridge the knowledge gaps and reduce stigma around MHM and SRH issues.
Adithi’s primary goal is to make sanitary pads more affordable.

However, we cannot do it without your support.
Adithi is currently looking for donations to cover funding for:
Women’s sanitary needs for a year
Salaries for five female employees
Operation Costs
(rent, utilities, packaging)
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We have partnered with Daraz to enable online donations that will support our work surrounding sexual and reproductive health in the grassroots.

See how you can contribute to the ADITHI  Project 

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Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

For more information about the Adithi pad-manufacturing project and how you can support us, please contact:


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