Changed her Taboos and myths about Menstruation
Kanchan Kumari lives in a family of 6 members in village Aghariya of Bel Bigha Gram Panchayat. She is the eldest sibling therefore loads of responsibilities lay on her shoulders. Her father is a farmer who earns very little from farming and additional earning is made from a small general store which is run from home. She is pursuing B.Com and has big dreams of becoming self dependent.
She participated in kishori group meeting organized at her village by SSK in the month of January. She found all the information given in the meeting very useful and decided to be a regular participant in future. With SSK’s intervention she came to know about many taboos and myths attached to it. Menstruation was considered a very sensitive topic at her home and nobody ever had any conversation on it. She decided to talk about it in her family. Initially, she was reluctant as she feared the response from her parents and siblings. One day, she collected all her strength and started a dialogue among her family members. Though her parents tried to shy away from the discussion but somehow Kanchan convinced them. She shared information she had gained from meetings and other activities of SSK. She has also initiated talks in her neighbourhood. This way she is reaching out to many.
She has understood the benefits of using Urmi sanitary napkins and wants others also to benefit from it. She has opened Urmi Vikray Kendra in her home.