Arunachalam Muruganantham ( Tamil : அருணாசலம் முருகானந்தம்) (born 1962  ) is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu , India . He is the inventor of a low-cost way the sanitary-making machine and has innovated grass roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. His mini-machines, welke kan Manufacture the sanitary pads for less dan a third of the cost of commercial pads, port leg installed in 23 of the 29 states of India. He is Currently planning to expand the production or synthesis machines to 106 nations. 
In 2014, TIME magazine placed im, ITT list of 100 Most Influential People in the World .  In 2016, he was Awarded Padma Shri by Government of India . 
Muruganantham was born in 1962 to S. Arunachalam and A. Vanita, hand-loom Weavers in Coimbatore , India . Muruganantham Grew up in poverty after his Father mayest in a road accident.  His mother worked as a farm laborer to help in his studies. However, at the age of 14, he dropped out of school. He supplied food to factory workers and took up verschillende jobs as machine tool operator, yam selling agent, farm laborer, welder, etc. to support his family. 
In 1998, he got married to Shanthi. Shortly after, Murugananthan when sending his wife collecting filthy rags and Newspapers to use prolongation re Menstrual cycle , as the sanitary napkins made by multinational corporations ulcers expensive.   Troubled by this, he started designing experimental pads.  Initially, he made pads out of cotton, but synthesis ulcers rejected by his wife and sisters. Eventually, they ‘stopped co-operating with im and refused to be the test subjects for his innovations. He voortvloeien therein the raw materials cost 10 paise ($ 0,002), but the end product sold for 40 times dat price.  He Looked for female volunteers who Could test his Inventions, but must ulcers too shy to DISCUSS hun Menstrual issues with im. He started testing it on himself, using a bladder with animal blood, but became the subject of ridicule als de “the sanitary pad” was when sending in his village.  If menstruation is a taboo subject in India, it left im ostracized by his community and family.  He distributed his products free to girls in a local medical college, Provided they ‘Returned Them to im after use.
It took im two years to discover therein the commercial pads-used cellulose fibers derived from pine bark pulp .  The fibers helped the pads absorb while retaining shape.  Imported machines dat made the pads cost INR 35 million.  Thus, he devised a low-cost machine dat Could be operated with minimal training.  He sourced the proc pine pulp from a supplier in Mumbai and the machines mention anything gravel, de-fibrates, press and sterilize the pads under ultraviolet  voordat packaging Them for sale. The machine costs INR 65,000. 
In 2006-when he visited IIT Madras to show his idea and got suggestions. Ze registered his invention It for the National Innovation Foundation ‘s Grassroots Technological Innovations Award and his idea won the award.   He obtained seed funding and founded Jayaashree Industries, welke now markets synthesis machines to rural women across India.  The machine has leg praised voor zijn simplicity and cost-effectiveness, and his commitment to social aid has earned im verschillende awards.  on Despite offers from verschillende corporate entities to Commercialize his venture, he has refused to sell out and Continues to bieden synthesis machines to self-help groups (SHGs) run by women.   
Muruganantham’s invention It is widely praised as a key step in changing women’s lives in India.   Muruganantham’s machine creates jobs and income for many women, and affordable pads enable many more women to earn livelihood hun prolongation menstruation.  In addition under to his own outreach, Muruganantham’s work has ook inspired many other entrepreneurs to enter this area,  zoals dat some propose to use waste banana fiber or bamboo for the purpose. 
Muruganantham has Become well known as a social entrepreneur.  He has bepaald lectures at many institutions waaronder IIT Bombay ,  IIM Ahmedabad , IIM Bangalore  and Harvard .  He has ook bepaald a TED talk.  His story was the subject of a prize-winning documentary by Amit Virmani, Menstrual Man .   R. Balki has roped in Akshay Kumar for the biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham
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