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Banana Leaf Maxi Pads Offer Cheap Solution for Rwandan Women

by , 11/18/10
filed under: Green Products

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Did you ever have to save your money just to purchase something as basic as sanitary napkins? It may seem like a strange question but for many women in developing countries, the answer is “yes.” Rwandan woman can miss up to 50 days of work and school a year because they can’t afford sanitary pads, and to add insult to injury, there is a stigma in the country that paints menstruation as both embarrassing and taboo. Luckily, Harvard MBA graduate Elizabeth Scharpf and her initiative Sustainable Health Enterprises – or S.H.E. – is changing all of that hardship with their feminine hygiene products made from locally sourced banana leaf fiber.

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