"The more I traveled and met with girls and learned from experts about this issue, the more I realized that the barrier to girls’ education isn’t just resources.
It’s also about attitudes and beliefs – the belief that girls simply aren’t worthy of an education; that women should have no role outside the home; that their bodies aren’t their own, their minds don’t really matter, and their voices simply shouldn’t be heard."
In 2008, Lunapads mentored the start-up of AFRIpads, a Uganda-based social enterprise that manufactures and distributes washable cloth pads. Four years later, we created a program together called One4Her.
One4Her contributions are comprised of customer donations, plus a percentage of Lunapads' gross annual pad sales. The fund is then used to provide washable pads to those in need, and to support dedicated impact projects relevant to menstrual and reproductive health.
To date, AFRIpads has reached more than 1.5 million individuals with their products, and is an inspiring model of a Ugandan business creating economic independence for its majority-female workforce.
Changing The Future For Girls
In 2012, we traveled to Uganda to visit the AFRIpads team & founders in person. AFRIpads employs 50+ women who are using their income to purchase land, homes, and invest in their children's education.