Saathi began in 2015, when its four co-founders, Kristin Kagetsu, Tarun Bothra, Amrita Saigal, and Grace Kane - graduates of MIT, Harvard and Nirma University - came together on a mission to create fully eco-friendly, compostable sanitary napkins using locally sourced banana fiber from the state of Gujarat, where Saathi is based.
We were inspired by the idea of improving women's access to sanitary pads in India.
Both Amrita and Tarun each have personal experience with a family member who was affected by having to face the taboos around menstrual hygiene in India.
Kristin was passionate about making a product that impacts women and had previously commercialized and launched sustainable natural-dye crayons made by local artisans in Uttarakhand, India. She was looking for an opportunity to explore sourcing natural eco-friendly materials for the sanitary pads to make a product that not only positively impacted women but also was good for the environment.
Grace was also passionate about sustainable product design. We were all motivated by the potential to make a positive difference for women in India while using an engineering approach focused on ecology and sustainability.
Together we combined our experiences to conceive and develop a biodegradable and compostable sanitary pad with a cradle to cradle (completely sustainable) business model. Our team has business, technical, and local expertise to develop new products and set up manufacturing. We aim to apply this to other absorbent products.