We are excited to announce the opening of the pad company at New Light, Kolkata.

MUKTI - Named by the women meaning LIBERATION/FREEDOM is run by women escaping untold abuse and oppression. Congratulations ladies! This is the beginning of great opportunities ahead.

To support Mukti:  Only $12 a month will supply a girl with pads for her period and support vulnerable women's employment. 


Village Volunteers

Village Volunteers is a Seattle based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs in Asia and Africa to support the development of sustainable solutions to community challenges. Village Volunteers promotes appropriate technologies, renewable resources, conservation and innovation to enhance economic stability, community and environmental well-being by partnering with organizations in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, India and Nepal.

Shana Greene, EWP Program Director | Founder & Executive Director, Village Volunteers

Shana has been a social entrepreneur for over 30 years in sustainable development and social justice. As founder and Executive Director of Village Volunteers, she has spearheaded such projects as the ceramic water filter plant in Kitale, Kenya that makes 10-12,000 water filters a year, a bakery that supports a school, and aiding microenterprise development programs in Asia and Africa. In her role as Program Director of EWP, Shana provides strategic leadership in the conceptualization, governance and oversight of the program, while liaising with all international and local partners involved. In addition to this, Shana oversees all marketing and fundraising efforts associated with the program. Shana was the recipient of a 2011 Red Wing Leadership Award from Seattle University. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Community Alliance for Global Justice in Seattle, Washington.

Katie Wood, Sustainable Business Development Analyst

Katie has over a decade of experience in manufacturing, technical workflow management, strategic partnerships, and business development. Katie holds a Business Degree from the University of Washington specializing in Sustainable Business in Developing Countries. She has worked with local non-profit leadership in several rural villages in Kenya where she has helped developed business curriculum for women’s groups. 

Mahima Singh, Program & Development Associate

Mahima has been working in the non-profit sector for over 3 years in various capacities, including supporting leadership in managing individual and institutional giving, volunteer management, and project coordination. Her development background includes in-depth experience with grant writing, direct fundraising, and data management. Prior to moving to the United States, Mahima worked in India as a Faculty Assistant with a capacity building organization working to improve the quality of and access to public education. For the EWP program, Mahima assists with fundraising and marketing efforts. She has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Delhi, India and has studied Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Jani Pad Team

The Jani team came together in the course ‘Reality Studio’ at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. During a 7 week stay in Kenya, they discovered the absorbency ability of water hyacinth and created a prototype biodegradable sanitary pad. In 2010, the team received a Young Talent Award by the Norwegian Design Council for creating the Janipad. In 2012, they were also selected as a finalist in the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award "Design for the Real World Redux". 

Aakar Innovations

Aakar Innovations, based in Mumbai, India, is a social enterprise that has developed machines that create low-cost, high quality sanitary pads. Their mission is to empower and improve the living standard of underprivileged women by providing them with quality menstrual hygiene products at affordable prices. In the EWP program, Aakar Innovations provides the women’s manufacturing enterprises the raw materials, machinery, maintenance training, quality checks, sails training and support in building issue awareness.

 Jaydeep Mandal, Founder & Managing Director, Aakar Innovations

Leadership at Aakar innovations is provided by founder and Managing Director Jaydeep Mandal, who has 8 years’ experience in rural innovation and microenterprise development. Under his leadership, Aakar Innovations has won several awards and scholarships for their pioneering work in providing menstrual products and education to rural India, including the Social Impact Award in Global Social Venture Competition 2012 (Asia-Africa region) by ISB Hyderabad and the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.


New Light, Kolkata, India

The pilot manufacturing enterprise will be setup at New Light, Kolkata, a charitable trust that fights against child prostitution and trafficking while protecting young girls, children and women who are at high risk. New Light provides safe shelter, education, health care, legal aid and advocacy against gender based violence. New Light has been a Village Volunteers partner since 2008.

 Urmi Basu, Founder & Director, New Light  

For nearly 30 years Urmi has worked with issues related to urban and rural economic development, empowerment and protection of vulnerable groups like women engaged in sex work and subjected to extreme violence, street children, trafficked child laborers and young people in exploited situation. Urmi is has been the recipient of the 2012 Global Citizen Award from Children’s Hope India, and the 2009 Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Urmi and New Light have also been featured in Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof’s best-selling book and documentary Half the Sky (2009). 

We are excited to announce MUKTI - Named by the women meaning LIBERATION/FREEDOM at New Light run by women escaping untold abuse and oppression. Congratulations ladies! This is the beginning of great opportunities ahead. To support Mukti: Only $12 a month will supply a girl with pads for her period and support vulnerable women's employment.