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Arunachalam Muruganantham (right) with his wife, Shanti, and daughter.Pallava Bagla—Corbis via Getty Images
Arunachalam Muruganantham (right) with his wife, Shanti, and daughter., Pallava Bagla—Corbis via Getty Images
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Arunachalam Muruganantham

  • 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.

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