Safe 3p Mask

About Safe 3P Mask (Pollution free, Personal care, Protect lives & livelihoods)

These are challenging times, and compassion is one way we can reach out to our fellow human-beings. Coming together as one, supporting others and giving them the chance to earn their livelihood with dignity are just some of the many ways we can make a difference as we settle into the new normal.

A community of women from Hubballi-Dharwad are stitching together an initiative that aims to makes them self-reliant. These micro-entrepreneurs have been trained to design masks in keeping with international standards. All proceeds from the sales of Safe 3P Mask goes directly to the women – to educate their children, to feed their families and to secure a safe and viable livelihood.

So far close to 1 lakh Safe Masks have been made and getting sold. More orders are pouring in due to the High Quality Standards and Very attractive low costs. The quality standards are as following:

  • Ready mask size 7“ x 9” (Inches)

  • Strings at back for ease and comfort of user

  • 3 or 2 Layered (better than 3 or 2 ply) based on “Filtration Efficiency and comfort of user”

  • Cloth used: Width 42”,50',58' 100% cotton or Khadi
  • Stitching standard: 10-12 SPI
  • Needle used: 9 or 11 number

  • Clears Candle Blow test

  • Tested to last 30 washes (WHO recommended wash in steaming hot water and rinsing)

  • Quality estimated to last > 30 days (One wash/ use before next use)

  • Three Pleat Design : Three layers of ruby cotton

  • Quality Check: Globally accepted candle blow test

  • Comfortable Fit: Strings at the back for ease and comfort

  • WHO Standardization: WHO recommended hot steaming and rinsing

  • Sterilisation: UVC sterilization & packing by Lifetrons

  • Use & Reuse: Tested for up to 30 washes


Media Coverage

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  • Place the mask over your mouth with the pleats pointing downwards

  • Tie a tight bow using each pair of threads at the back of your head

  • Ensure the mask is secure and snug with no gaps between the edges of the mask and your skin

  • Avoid touching your face when you are wearing a mask


  • During use if the mask gets damp, change it immediately

  • While removing, do not touch the front of the mask, use only the threads

  • Before and after removing a mask clean your hands with sanitizer or soap and water


  • Scrub by hand with a mild detergent, soak it in water for 15 minutes, rinse with hot water

  • If using a washing machine, ensure the temperature is set to at least 60 degrees centigrade

Deshpande Foundation India

Deshpande Foundation

Deshpande Foundation, Hubballi, Karnataka a leading development organisation of India salutes all the frontline workers and its team who are working day and night to protect the people and curb the threat from COVID-19. Deshpande Foundation has taken an initiative of helping these larger forces as much as possible by contributing the best quality "Safe 3P Masks".

The “Safe 3P Masks” were made by 50 + women micro-entrepreneurs associated with Deshpande Foundation at Hubballi-Dharwad region.

The mask making process is not only helping the frontline leaders of COVID-19, but also is able to build a hope of sustainable livelihood for the micro-entrepreneurs in this tough time of lockdown.

Supported by: Deshpande Foundation

Know more on


  • 1.The Micro-entrepreneurship Development Programme of DF has been engaging with Aari, Kasuthi, other embroidery form making women artisans of Hubballi Dharwad region.
  • 2.In Covid 19 context 200 + women artisans ran the danger of losing their livelihoods.
  • 3.Thus, together the team repurposed itself and started mask making to continue livelihood support to these women
  • 1. The women who stitches the mask gets paid @INR 3 to 3.50 /mask
  • 2. The women who cuts the masks in a machine
  • 3. E-mode get paid @Rs. 0.20/ mask (Yes, for cloth cutting)
  • 4. The women entrepreneur washing the large cloth pieces in Sodium Hypochlorite (1%) gets @ Rs.5/meter
  • 1.Safety of the producers, the team and the end consumers is the first principle followed along with making it affordable for masses
  • 2.The cloth for mask making is identified through following tests
    a.Sample from each cloth made as 2 layer and 3 layer masks
    b.Each sample is subjected to rigorous 30 washes and after each wash & drying internationally acceptable “Candle Blow Test” is organised
    c.The samples passing the test only are finalised for the cloth to be purchased. The criteria followed are “Filtration Efficiency” and “User Comfort”
    d.The Cloth purchased is cut into 5 meters pieces, dipped into 1% strong Sodium Hypochlorite solution for 20 minutes, washed, dried and ironed
    e.The logistics team handles this raw material with “Surgical Gloves” with frequently used “Sanitizer” to minimise all exposure to risks
  • 3.The producers get 100% safe cloth dipped in 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solution, dried and ironed
  • 4.The team uses all social distancing parameters and a rigorous process to ensure safe logistics in each step of production
  • 5.3% of the masks made are subjected to candle blow test again and if a lot is found to have masks not clearing the test then that whole lot is subjected to candle blow test. The right quality masks are kept and the rest are rejected
  • 6.These masks reach the “Sterilisation and Packing facility” of Lifetrons (a start-up company of Dr. Kiran Kanthi, working with “Phototherapy” UV C lights)
  • 7.All masks are sterilised and packed by following a “Safety process” designed to keep the final consumer safe
  • 8.So each Safe 3 P mask from a packet can be opened and used directly by the end consumer
  • 1.These women artisans since last many years have been nurturing the idea of evolving themselves as an Off-farm Producers Organisation”
  • 2.Today despite changed work-life context this dream of becoming an organisation owned and governed by women artisans on the lines of “AMUL” or “LIJJAT” has brought them much more organised
  • 3.This collective enterprise has applied for being registered as a Producers Company and soon their own board, their own executives will be working towards common economic development of all 200+ artisans
  • 4.Deshpande Foundation team MED is committed to the same cause with this collective enterprise asap