It’s one thing when you’re running low on, um, sanitary napkins, to go without-it’s quite another to use mud or bark in place of one. According to Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), this is true for many girls and women, who have to miss around 50 days of school or work because they don’t have access to sanitary napkins and their substitute ‘pads’ are usually ineffective, unhygienic and dangerous.
Sustainable Health Enterprises is attempting to combat the issue through its first franchise launched in Rwanda earlier this year. Operated by women, the franchise manufactures and distributes low-cost sanitary pads, which are made of local raw materials to help stimulate the local economy. Read more about SHE by visiting the links below.