Hyderabad Heroes

Kamal Nayak

He had come to the city in 2013 with a plump job at a production house. But things took a different turn when, one day, he saw a mother feeding her child who sat atop a pile of garbage. Soon afterwards, the 27-year-old from Odisha founded Good Universe. It primarily works around improving menstrual health among women living in abject poverty and breaking myths around it.

He has even roped in men from these slums to like Balreddy Nagar and Gowlidoddi be part of the conversation so that they too can help him in his work. Though he was met with resistance initially, he has managed to gain their trust over time. Going forward, Kamal and his team plan to raise funds to help women in slums phase into using menstrual cups instead of pads.

They are also working on improving the general standards of hygiene in slums. His team is in the process of roping in corporate houses and civic authorities to help build 50 toilets to put an end to open defecation.