Trinbago Knight Riders cricketer Dwayne Bravo is working to bring far more than sport and singing entertainment to Trinidad and Tobago soon.
The former national captain is working with an Indian businessman, to produce sanitary napkins for women right here in T&T.
Bravo, who played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, on Wednesday met with Indian businessman Arunachalam Muruganantham in Coimbatore, India, to discuss the initiative.
Muruganantham is known for introducing affordable sanitary napkins in the Indian market.
News reports in India indicate that it was during the recently held IPL that Bravo came to know about the work of Muruganantham and expressed his wish to meet him.
During the discussion, Bravo said many schoolgirls in T&T do not show up for classes during their periods, adding that awareness on menstrual hygiene was much-needed there.
Muruganantham assured that he would send an indigenous low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing machine to Trinidad.
The shipping cost from Coimbatore to the destination would be borne by Bravo but the machine comes free of cost.
Muruganantham said it might take a month and a half to get his machine delivered to Bravo, whereas the device would be ready within 10 days.
"Cricketer Bravo saw the working of my device and said he wanted one for his country. He also made two napkins after carefully learning the steps. It was a wonder to meet Mr Bravo because the only cricketer I knew was Sachin (laughs)," Muruganantham told TNIE, a news agency in India.
Bravo will be the brand ambassador to spread awareness in T&T for the cause.
Once Muruganantham's machine starts operating in Trinidad and Tobago, the total tally of countries using his device would rise to 27.
"Besides his busy cricket schedule, Bravo's visit here proves that menstrual awareness is the need of the hour," Muruganantham added.