Did you know that every year in developing countries girls and women miss an average of 50 days of school and work every year because of their period? A package of maxi-pads costs more than a days wages and they simply cannot afford them. Their alternatives to pads include cloth rags, tree bark, and mud but, these not only do not prevent leaks, they also can lead to reproductive health problems.
SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) has developed a patent-pending, low-cost, and eco-friendly menstrual pad, the SHE LaunchPad, that makes an absorbent core (the highest material cost driver) for pads from agro-waste (i.e, banana fibers) without using any chemicals or super absorbent polymers. The SHE28 campaign launched in Rwanda in 2009, and girls and women, will now have access to a menstrual product that will be priced at 5 cents per pad.
I encourage you to help the SHE campaign by donating $28, because a girl’s life doesn’t stop every 28 days.
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