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SHG starts making low-cost bio-degradable sanitary napkins

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The Hindu 24.09.2009

SHG starts making low-cost bio-degradable sanitary napkins

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— Photo: S.Thanthoni

SHG members involved in the manufacturing of bio-degradable sanitary napkins at the unit in Ayanavaram on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: Members of Mother Rose self-help group on Wednesday started the production of low cost bio-degradable sanitary napkins. The group, which is supported by the Sornammal Educational Trust (SET), Chennai, will undergo 10 days of training to use the equipment and then begin manufacturing on a commercial basis.

The group got the opportunity following the SET joining hands with the SHE Trust of Kuwait for the Sahana project on Wednesday.

K. Pandia Rajan, Managing Trustee SET, said that the sanitary napkin industry in the world was worth over several million dollars and eco-friendly napkins had a smaller market, which the members of the group must tap. Around 200 women would be involved in the manufacturing and marketing of the product.

Hemalatha Rajan, Trustee, SET, highlighted the three important issues concerning women - health, education and vocation. She said that once women are economically empowered, health and education aspects would be automatically taken care of. She said that she had always dreamt of empowering women and that there were around 40,000 women in SHGs in Chennai, Virudhunagar and Madurai districts under the SET.

Writer Sivasankari, who inaugurated the project, urged the SHG members to make adult and baby diapers.

Latha Srinivasan, Managing Trustee, SHE Trust, said that women from underprivileged backgrounds could buy and use Sahana Napkins that would be available at an affordable price. The napkins come in different sizes and on an average cost Rs.15 per pack to make.

Mitran Devanesan, Trustee SHE Trust, said that sterilised wood fibre from tree plantations would be used in the napkins. The low cost mini sanitary napkin manufacturing machine has been supplied by Coimbatore-based Jayaashree Industries, which has won several awards, he added.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 04:18

Night shelter project for street children

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The Hindu 10.09.2009

Night shelter project for street children


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Mayor inaugurates the first shelter in the city at Kodungaiyur

— Photo: V.Ganesan

WITH CARE: Mayor M.Subramanian (right) interacts with street children at the launch of the project to provide night shelter for them in Chennai on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Surya dropped out of school after he failed in Standard IX. One of the street children and displaying anger in his body language, he says, “I do not want to study at all.”

Many children such as Surya are rag-pickers in the dump yards of Chennai including Kodungaiyur and Perungudi.

In order to help children like him cope with the challenges of modern life in the city, the Chennai Corporation on Tuesday launched a project to provide night shelter for street children. Inaugurating the first such shelter in Kodungaiyur, Mr. Subramanian said, “Providing night shelter for street children is part of our initiative of making arrangements to prevent their abuse, neglect and exploitation.”

This is the first such initiative by a civic body in the country, Mr. Subramanian said. The civic body has also identified 824 child labourers and admitted them in various Corporation schools, he said. Their parents have been imparted training for proper employment and loans have been given to improve their economic conditions, he said.

Mr. Subramanian urged residents to report any abuse of street children to the Corporation officials in order to admit them in the night shelter.

Street children are deprived of family care and adult supervision at the night shelter would reduce the degree of abuse, said A. Alexander, supervisor of the project. Most children on the streets are in the 5-17 age group and engaged in some kind of economic activity including rag-picking.

R. Isabel, executive secretary of Madras Christian Council of Social Service, said the street children earn Rs.200 a day, selling materials collected by rummaging the dump yard.

They make money but their health is at stake and their developmental as a human being is affected making them misfits in the society, she says.

Childline, 1098, gets around 2,000 calls reporting various types of abuse and exploitation of children in Chennai every month.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2009 00:31

Expo of urban SHG products begins

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The Hindu 28.08.2009

Expo of urban SHG products begins

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Training in urban employment programme for members

TIRUNELVELI: The two-day exhibition-cum-sale of products made by urban self-help groups and training in urban employment programme commenced at Arun’s Mahal, Palayamkottai, on Thursday.

Apart from SHGs in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin corporation areas, groups from 20 municipalities have also displayed their products at the expo.

Inaugurating the programme, Mayor A.L. Subramanian said the SHG movement, which was introduced in 1989, had transformed the living standards of the poor women in urban and rural areas.

As per the recently released new guidelines, the groups could be given 50 per cent subsidised loan up to Rs.3 lakh while individuals would get up to Rs.2 lakh with 50 per cent subsidy.

“Since the beedi rolling industry in Tirunelveli district, one of the predominant occupations in rural areas, is badly hit in the recent past, women should join the self-help groups to improve their living conditions and their income as well,” he said.

Slum-free city

The Mayor informed that steps had been initiated to transform Tirunelveli into a slum-free city with the government releasing Rs.8 crore of the total outlay of Rs.20 crore for this exercise. Moreover, eight community halls were to be constructed, each at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh, within Tirunelveli city.

Corporation Commissioner K. Bhaskaran, Regional Director for Municipal Administration T. Mohan and others spoke.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2009 04:46

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