Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Access to affordable sanitary pads to girls in rural and informal areas is still a great challenge to many Approximately 10% of girls in Kenya miss school due to menstruation.
After experiencing shame and embarrassment Bethsheba - (founder of Ahadi Pads) found herself in a pool of blood when she had menstruation while studying at a school nearby when she was a teenager. The stigma stayed with her till in 2018 when she decided to start a business to make reusable pads made from local fabrics that would be affordable and comfortable thus giving more girls confidence.
The pads are made in a way that the user can clean and based on the menstruation flow of a girl, after 5 - 6 hours, the girl should change, soak it for about 15 minutes then rinse it in clean water and hang it in the sun for 3 - 4 hours on a sunny day but pad may take longer.
The mission of Ahadi pads is to keep more girls in school. Bethsheba believes through the cost-saving model the Ahadi pads offers, more girls and family especially in rural and informal settlements especially the less fortunate will stay in school for at least one year without much problem.
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