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Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.
The brilliant group of SHE of course have figured out a way to help with this problem. They have developed the SHE LaunchPad that contains absorbent material derived from argo-waste (banana fibers). The pad is also made without the use of chemicals or super absorbent polymers and the final cost for each product is 5 cents per pad. the goodness of the project does not stop there though, SHE is working with the community to obtain the banana fibers from the community and helping women become entrepreneurs with education and other resources. (via SHE is Changing Lives One Maxi Pad at a Time | My Chocolate Peaces)
“In man, the shedding of blood is always associated with injury, disease, or death. Only the female half of humanity was seen to have the magical ability to bleed profusely and still rise phoenix-like each month from the gore.” - Estelle R. Ramey
What would it be like if you had to miss work or school every 28 days because there were no affordable maxi pads? I couldn’t even imagine it. Well, there are girls and women who have to do just that. You never really think of things like that. For most of us, it’s just a given. It’s unthinkable to me that that could even happen. (via SHE Enterprises - Plum Crazy About Coupons | Plum Crazy About Coupons)
In developing countries around the world, women and girls are missing crucial days of school and work because they lack the access to affordable maxi pads. The current options for these women are both pricey and some ineffective. Imported pads cost more than a day’s wage, and their other alternatives are ineffective such as cloth rags, mud, and tree bark. SHE has developed both a cost effective and eco-friendly menstrual pad that works. These pads are a much more affordable option priced at 5 cents/pad. (via How SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) Is Working To Help Women | Textbook Mommy)
Did you know that in countries like Rwanda, a maxi pad costs more than their daily wage? Because most girls can’t afford to buy them, their only other option is to use cloth rags, tree barks or even mud to prevent leakage. Not only are these options ineffective, they can also cause severe reproductive health consequences. (via Roller Coaster Ride: Support SHE Enterprises)
An absorbent core for pads is actually made from banana fibers without using any chemicals or super absorbent polymers. According to the website, “SHE intends to fulfill girls’ and women’s unmet need by helping local women in developing countries jump-start their own businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable, quality, and eco-friendly sanitary pads.” (via Philanthropy Friday: SHE’s Innovative)
¿Alguna vez te detuviste a pensar como hacen las mujeres en países o comunidades carenciadas, para cuidar la higiene durante los días de período? En países en vías de desarrollo usan tela, corteza de árbol y/o barro, …y te dejo unos segundos para que te lo imagines! Estos métodos además de carecer de efectividad, son peligrosos para los órganos reproductores, la mayoría a causa de una buena higiene y de acceso a agua. (via SHE Enterprises, toallitas femeninas para cambiar vidas #SocialGood | Mama XXI)
SHE’s LaunchPad creates economic opportunities for the banana farmers and on up the value chain to women entrepreneurs that will be given business skills training and education to sell the LaunchPads in their communities. According to SHE’s website, “(f)or every women-led and operated business that SHE invests in, approximately 100 jobs are created and approximately 100,000 girls and women have access to affordable menstrual pads.” (via Help Girls and Women Once a Month. PERIOD. | Mom on the Run x2)
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. (via SHE Enterprises Enable Women to Work - BrainFoggles)