Commitment to Action

Investing in Girls and Women, One Pad at a Time

Commitment by

Sustainable Health Enterprises (She)

In 2009, Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE) committed to fulfill girls' and women's unmet educational, health, and economic needs by providing access to affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and health and hygiene education through sustainable, locally-led businesses for 1 million girls and women in Africa by 2012, now 2014. Girls and women are frequently absent from school or work--up to 50 days per year--because they lack sustained access to affordable sanitary pads. Instead of donating product, SHE is committed to jump-starting sustainable, local businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable and eco-friendly sanitary pads in Africa. Coupled with health and hygiene education, this will increase school/work attendance, decrease pelvic infections, and drive economic growth.

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Commitment

Investing in Girls and Women, One Pad at a Time

Launched

2009

Est. Duration

8 years

Estimated Total Value

$3,200,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Asia, Africa

Countries

BRAZIL, INDIA, KENYA, RWANDA, UGANDA, Vietnam

Commitment by

Sustainable Health Enterprises (She)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Seventh Generation, Johnson & Johnson, Segal Family Foundation, Republic of Rwanda