The Myna Mahila Foundation was founded in 2015 by Suhani Jalota who was only 20 at the time. It employs women from urban slums in Mumbai to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads into the communities they come from. Its aim is to not only offer employment to women living in some of the most impoverished neighbourhoods of the megacity but also break taboos around menstrual hygiene. The programme has helped thousands of women across 12 slums in Mumbai.
The charity was chosen by Ms Markle after she saw its work "first-hand" during a visit to India last year, Kensington Palace has said. Ms Markle liked the idea of very small grassroots based organisation that focused on women within it as well as those that it was catering to.
Ms Markle had written about the charity in 'Time' magazine after her visit to Mumbai in March, 2017.
"During my time in the slum communities outside of Mumbai, I shadowed women who are part of a microfinance system where they manufacture sanitary napkins and sell them within the community," the American actress wrote.
Kensington Palace said Prince Harry and Ms Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen.
"The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the armed forces. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work," the palace statement said.