Country of Operation
- AYZH HealthFor-profit
- Livelihood Private LimitedFor-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryAYZH develops low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women in resource-poor settings. Signature to the AYZH brand is a convenient, "kit style" product.
AYZH has concrete plans in place for its current goal of reaching over 1000 clinics and hospitals in India by 2013
AYZH will expand its product line to meet new needs of existing customers, with a host of other kit style products that support newborn health, postpartum haemorrhage, and menstrual hygiene.
Long term goals for AYZH apart from continuing to scale in India include growth of sales and scaling operations in Africa.
Key program components
AYZH is a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide. They develop low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women in resource-poor settings.
In 2010, AYZH launched its first product, JANMA, a clean birth kit, which provided women all the components recommended by the World Health Organization for a safe and hygienic birth, using environmentally friendly and culturally appealing materials. Additional products under development include: a newborn kit, a postpartum hemorrhage kit, and a groundbreaking sanitation and hygiene solution for women.
AYZH products are assembled and packaged by local women in Tamil Nadu, India, creating economic opportunity in the communities they serve. AYZH operates an innovative B2B business model, selling to health-based businesses (for-profit and non-profit) that are capable of giving AYZH significant and scalable access to its target beneficiaries (underprivileged women).
AYZH serves two key customer segments:
Medical institutions (hospital pharmacies, health care centers, and slum clinics), which resell AYZH products to women.
Non-profit aid organizations (working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and families in developing countries), which supply AYZH products to women.
Their initial ideas for bringing prosperity to rural women consisted of a bio-sand water filter and a hand-operated corn sheller. Neither of these ideas survived their initial feasibility study.