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Jan. 10, 2018
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By women, for women: The new economics of menstrual pads in Africa.Maria Nantubwe cuts through layers of banana plant fiber and beats two-foot long pieces with an improvised bat. Pulp flies everywhere, exposing long fibers inside the stem. Once dried, the material will become the absorbent center of sanitary-pads used by 40,000 Ugandan women each month.
Nantubwe is part of a cooperative supplying banana plant fibers by the kilo to Bana, a Ugandan startup that produces and distributes sanitary pads through a network of female micro-entrepreneurs.
These pads, and others like them, could be a solution for more of Africa’s female population, helping keep women at work and girls at school during their periods while protecting them from sexual violence and prostitution.
Manufactured from local materials by women, and sold by women, the pads are helping remedy a public health issue that affects millions in Africa and giving women high earning jobs.
Feminine hygiene is becoming less of a ‘hush hush’ topic on the African continent — rather, it’s a $780