AYZH is one of the first small-scale organizations that I found when I started looking into this issue. They bring Clean Birth Kits (CBKs) to mothers in southern India, using an empowering social entreprenuership model. Local women produce the kits, which are then sold to expecting mothers through local NGOs, health facilities and retail locations. Here’s more from their site:
AYZH operates an innovative business model that connects a rural woman’s health and livelihood with products designed to meet her needs. The company conducts extensive market research to assess consumer demand; and then tests technologies on their affordability, appropriateness, and aesthetics to meet that demand.
AYZH sets up supply chains for local manufacturing to keep costs low and boost economic opportunity. Finally, the company distributes products through the existing infrastructure of retailers, women self help groups (SHGs), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that sell our products to women in their region. AYZH’s initial market for impact is southern India.”