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Sustainable Menstruation in India: “Greening the Red” by Rashi Rathi (F’18)

by jtijssen
Sustainable Menstruation in India: “Greening the Red” by Rashi Rathi (F’18) Sep 21

While surveying women about their menstrual management practices in Bengaluru, India, I was surprised to learn that more than 80 percent of the respondents were concerned about their environmental footprint from using disposable sanitary napkins. An unexpectedly large number of those surveyed used menstrual cups in order to reduce their solid waste. Taking my cue from these results, I began to reach out to commercial and non-profit organizations that work in the field of sustainable menstruation. My focus was on tech-based solutions that such organizations use to improve the menstrual hygiene market in India.

Aug 27

A Tale of HeroRATs by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl

Rats save lives. When I first heard this unusual phrase, as an intern at Ashoka, I was perplexed and curious. How? My mind lingered on this question for a while.

Aug 21

Inefficiencies in the Indian Menstrual Health Marketplace by Rashi Rathi (F’18)

by tuftsigl

I am studying the potential of technology to improve women’s healthcare as part of my Masters’ thesis at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and I am supported by the Institute for Global Leadership in this endeavor.

Aug 21

Changing the World, One Community at a Time by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl

What is social entrepreneurship?

This question has resurfaced time and again during my time at Tufts University. The only consistency I have found in the answers I receive is the caveat that there is no formalized definition or response for it.

Aug 16

The Importance of Training: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

As someone who comes from a technologically literate generation, sometimes it is difficult for me to imagine what it might be like to not know how to use a cell phone. These thoughts are then tempered when I remember how difficult it is for me to pick up an Android when I am so used to the touch of an iPhone.

Aug 10

Providing and Advocating for Marginalized Citizens’ Rights in Kazakhstan by Elmira Askerova (F’19)

by tuftsigl

This summer, I had a chance to work with a newly established social enterprise whose main goal is to create job opportunities for marginalized citizens – the disabled, single mothers and orphans – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Jul 27

Empowering Those Who Deliver Hope: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

“Community health workers deliver hope and health door to door, day in and day out; they are my heroes. It is our job to support them as they break that stubborn link between being poor and having poor health.”
-Josh Nesbit, CEO, Co-Founder, Medic Mobile

Jul 15

For the Children, by the Children: Improving Early Childhood Development Programs by Gauri Khanduja (F’19)

by tuftsigl

I am spending the summer in Kigali, Rwanda, interning with Search for Common Ground (Search), an international non-profit that works in conflict transformation in about 36 countries.

Jul 02

The Impact Investing Landscape in Italy by Alice Ursini (F'19)

by heatherbarry

Soon after arriving in Italy for my summer internship, a populist government came to power. Two deeply different parties, the Five Star Movement and the League, won the majority in the recent election and, defying all expectations, formed a coalition to rule the country.

Jun 22

Understanding First-Hand How Everyday People Use Innovative Ideas and Techniques To Tackle the Issues of our Times by Grishma Rimal (F'19)

by tuftsigl

It takes approximately 140 seconds to get from the bottom to the top of the escalators at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Every morning, I take those escalators on my way to work.

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