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Anju Bist of Kollam and Aardra Chandra Mouli of Thiruvananthapuram honoured as Women Transforming India by the NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog Organizes Fifth Edition of Women Transforming India Awards

75 Women honored in the 75th year of India’s Independence

Posted On: 23 MAR 2022 3:55PM by PIB Delhi

Anju Bist of Amrita SeRVe (Saukhyam Reusable Pad) and Aardra Chandra Mouli of Aeka Biochemicals Pvt. Ltd. From Kerala are among the 75 women honoured as Women Transforming India by the NITI Aayog.

Women have consistently been playing a key role in transforming India into a ‘Sashakt Aur Samarth Bharat’. In recognition of the remarkable achievements of these women across diverse sectors NITI Aayog has instituted Women Transforming India Awards.

This year, as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, the WTI Awards were conferred on 75 women achievers. Click here to know more about the other awardees.

  1. Anju Bist, Kollam

Amrita SeRVe (Saukhyam Reusable Pad)



Anju Bist and her team are the first in the world to make reusable menstrual pads from banana fiber, which comes from agro-waste. Saukhyam Reusable Pads have won multiple awards and are sold internationally. Their vision is that the same high-quality pad they export should be made available at very affordable prices in rural areas of India. To date, they have sold and distributed over 500,000 pads, helping prevent the emission of over 2000 tons of CO2 equivalent annually. This has also helped eliminate an estimated 43,750 tons of non-biodegradable menstrual waste.

Amrita SeRVe is providing high quality affordable menstrual pads made of banana fibre to women and girls everywhere.

  1. Aardra Chandra Mouli, Thiruvananthapuram

Aeka Biochemicals Pvt. Ltd.



Aardra is a biotech engineer, entrepreneur and an entrepreneurship researcher. She is the founder and Managing Director of Aeka Biochemicals Pvt. Ltd., the first fully women-owned environmental biotech company in India. She is passionate about making science and entrepreneurship accessible to all those interested in these fields, especially women.

Aardra holds an MRes in management from UCL, an MSc in management from Warwick Business School, and a Bachelors in biotechnology and biochemical engineering from the University of Kerala.

Aeka Biochemicals is helping to incorporate green user friendly options which are effective,

and have a focus on urban cultivation, water treatment, recycling, remediation or waste

management. A significant contribution towards reducing “human footprints” on Earth.



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