Arunachalam Muruganantham

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BENGALURU, INDIA, JANUARY 01: Indias PAD MAN or Menstrual Man Arunachalam Muruganantham (right) and his wife Shanti who deserted him when he got obsessed with his work on sanitary pads and their daughter. inventor of low cost sanitary pad machines. He is social entrepreneur who made his life mission to develop low cost yet hygienic sanitary pads for woman which they can use during chums or menstrual periods. India has a huge taboo against these and almost ninety percent of women have no access to sanitary pads, he made and tested these pads on himself and on his wife Shanti. Now his invention has been recognized world wide and Bollywood has made film on his life titled Pad Man. He was ostracised by society for his cause. (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)Pallava Bagla—Corbis via Getty Images
  • Title
    Social Entrepreneur
  • Affiliation
    Jayaashree Industries

The hero of the Oscar-winning documentary short Period. End of Sentence invented a machine that turns cellulose into low-cost sanitary napkins­—a boon in India, where brand-name pads are prohibitively pricey. Each machine converts roughly 3,000 women to pad usage—and the freedom of movement that comes with it—and provides jobs for 10 more women.