Changing mindsets and making periods a problem of the past by providing women in underprivileged communities with menstrual cups through a “buy one, give one” model.
Vanessa Paranjothy is one of three sisters who founded Freedom Cups, a feminine hygiene company operating on a “buy one, give one” model that provides women in underserved communities with menstrual cups. Freedom Cups was created to address the lack of access to sanitary products and clean water that many women around the world face, which can increase the likelihood of infections and limit their mobility, impacting job and school attendance. Each cup lasts up to 10 years and replaces approximately 5,000 disposable sanitary products, making the product a more economically and environmentally-friendly option. The Freedom Cups team has facilitated educational workshops on women’s bodies and waste produced by traditional feminine care products to more than 5,000 women across Asia. Vanessa received her bachelor’s degree in social science from Singapore Management University.
Biography current as of 2018-2019 program year