Research on copper IUDs has found them 99% effective in preventing pregnancies and are named by WebMD as the best value for birth control. The small t-shaped device acts as a natural spermicide in the uterus. They have been used in the U.S. for about 20 years (including by myself for 7 years). They are less known in the U.S. simply because other more expensive birth control options are more aggressively marketed. Most importantly, they are under the control of the woman, not--as with condoms--reliant on a man's willingness to comply. It also does not depend on user action, aside from the initial insertion (which takes 5 minutes or less). They are known to be effective up to 12 years. The simplicity of the device (plastic frame with some copper coating) does not warrant the cost of the device in the U.S., so the funds will go much further for this project by purchasing through one of three manufacturers in India. After raising $8000, I will ask these companies to bid for the purchase, and will purchase from the company offering the greatest number of high quality devices. I am currently seeking a partnership with MADRE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which has worldwide sister organizations including midwifery organizations that could provide distribution and safe insertion.