We are developing an innovative bio-degradable diaper to improve the quality of life of disabled children and young adults in Bangladesh. Currently we are looking for companies and investors willing to collaborate in the realisation of Dayapara.

social impact

We want to provide extremely vulnerable people with a more human, more dignified existence.

An affordable and sustainable diaper culture

In Bangladesh, young adults and children with special needs often live in inhumane conditions. The lack of control of bodily functions, limits them in daily life. One of the major problems they face every day is incontinence, resulting living in inhumane conditions. An affordable and sustainable diaper could be a great solution to this problem, though there’s no culture of diapers in Bangladesh. The diapers that do exist are too expensive and cause other waste problems.

circular design

  1. fertilizer

  2. plants

  3. absorbant pad-filling

  4. pad + reusable pants

  5. dayapara

  6. recycle pad

Towards a local and circular system

We focus on developing a system which is affordable, which fits well and which is easy to use. The outer pants have been developed and tested. The mothers appreciate it and have expressed to use it as soon as possible. We are currently working on the practical elaboration of the development of the pads. The absorption materials we intend to use is cheap, locally available. Because we only need to dispose the pads, the quantity of waste is much smaller. We launch a study to test a local system to recycle the pads, which is acceptable to health, environmental and cultural standards.


Current status

Based on several studies dating back to 2010, we have now selected the diaper which came best out of the tests. The outer pants prototypes have been developed and tested in the Niketan day care centre. The results are promising; the mothers like them a lot and have shown a great interest to use diapers in the future. Out of three options available for the absorbing pads, with varying quality and costs, one option has been selected for further testing and piloting.

Next steps

  • Test pad absorption capacity

    We still need to do some additional testing of the absorption capacity of the materials in the pads.

  • Scout production partners

    We need to find production partners to produce the first series of pads for.

  • Large scale pilot

    We need to produce 12.000 pads to do a large scale pilot with 100 children in 3 day care centres of Niketan over a 3 months period.

  • Product launch

    Once the results of the tests are available, we will launch the Diapara on a large scale in the day care centres. At the same time the Dayapara will be further refined to be launched outside the institutional settings of Niketan.


Improve outer pants

The outer pants were tested and improved by Industrial Design students from Delft University of technology (DUT).


Pact with IUBAT

Several discussions and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International University Bangladesh on Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT).

Cordaid Innovation Award

Dayapara participated in the Cordaid Social AdVenture and received the social Innovation Start Up-Award and Audience Price.


Feasibility study

Salusion performed a study to invest the feasibility of project Dayapara.

User tests

The first prototype was tested with users by a creative expert.


First design

Students from Delft & Eindhoven Technical University create a first prototype.


We are looking for investors

Would you just like to support our efforts, financially or in kind? We welcome all donations. Donations for Dayapara will be invested in further refinement and launch of the product. Our ultimate aim is that we develop a diaper which is affordable for low-income households and provides children with disabilities.

If you're interested to take part in project Dayapara, please contact us by e-mail.


Currently only general donations to the Niketan Foundation are possible. To make sure your donation will be invested in project Dayapara, please send us an additional e-mail.



Niketan foundation

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