Keeping Girls in Class One Pad at a Time

Women as stakeholders in the Sanitary Business

Stand up and be counted

Don’t you think its time menstrual periods was talked about and not a taboo amongst African girls? Did they ask for monthly periods? Did they register when they reached puberty?

For the educated and able girl, Ksh 500 US 8 is what is needed monthly to cater for their menses. Did you know that for such an amount, you can supply an under privileged girl with a year supply of re-usable sanitary towels?

Don’t you think its time women became stakeholders of the Sanitary towels ?

Apart from missing classes during their periods, many schools in underprivileged areas lack sufficient sanitation facilities which are vital not only during a girl’s period but at all times generally such as water, adequate toilet facilities and appropriate dumping facilities for sanitary wear.

As a result, menstruating girls opt to stay at home due to lack of facilities to help them manage their periods than go to school.

The need for affordable sanitary wear for women and girls in Africa is indeed a major public health issue that governments need to prioritize in their planning.

On the other hand, there is need for social innovation around this issue because the need for sanitary wear among girls and women will forever be there, at least in the long term future.

Thus the question, can women be the primary stakeholders of the Sanitary towels business? Can they make their own and sell to others at an affordable price?


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