Graduate Student - MA in Law and Diplomacy
FOR IMPROVING WOMEN'S HEALTH:
Graduate student and entrepreneur at Tufts University, Farah Momen recently started an initiative called The Now Exchange – a venture focused on aiding Bangladeshi women who work in the garment industry. The Now Exchange’s first step in improving women’s health is to provide free contraceptives at a Dhaka factory. Momen and her business partner Giulia Bova will be working on the project in Bangladesh – identifying a pilot factory, hiring a business development director and health trainers, and teaching health care workers how to administer the contraceptive and address broader issues of women’s health. This past year, The Now Exchange won the Fletcher D-Prize Poverty Venture Solution Competition and the social impact track of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition. While the prize money enabled the company to get off the ground, Momen’s goal is to eventually have the services funded by international companies that sell clothes made in Bangladesh. Next year, the founders hope to add two or three more factories, each with about 300 workers.