SHE or Sustainable Health Enterprises enable women in developing countries to work when they have their period. This is an issue that I have never considered, but without sanitary pads, girls and women miss school and work.
This obstacle is a taboo topic even here in the United States, but it is something that women and girls live with every month. Because of the high cost of sanitary pads or the alternative used which can cause reproductive health consequences, females stay home when they menstruate.
SHE began its work in Rwanda. This initiative is called SHE28. First, a new type of menstrual pad was developed. It is made of banana fibers; it is eco-friendly and costs only 5 cents per pad. SHE created a sustainable business model that helps members of the community, in particular, women.
Banana farmers sell to the trained SHE28 business women who make and sell the SHE LaunchPad (clever name). Women are earning money, creating jobs for their communities and providing for menstrual needs so more girls and women can attend school and work.
SHE28 also educates females about their periods and hygiene. They work to lessen the taboo of menstruation. Because of their work, the Rwandan government has set aside $35,000 to purchase maxi pads for girls.
I know of girls and women who can’t go to work or school because of menstrual cramps. I could never imagine remaining at home because of the lack of sanitary pads. This must end!
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Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. This is a cause that I support and learned about through the Global Team of 200.