14 July 2017
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
Launched in 2009 in Rwanda, SHE is improving access to affordable hygiene by sourcing a locally produced eco-friendly product. SHE commits $1,122,250 to improve girls’ menstrual hygiene through its cost-effective innovation of locally made go! pads, behavior change communication campaigns, and last-mile distribution in the rural and peri-urban areas of Rwanda. As a result, by the end of 2017, 250,000 girls will gain improved access to a low-cost method of managing menstruation effectively and hygienically, resulting in improved well being.
By utilizing a scalable franchise business model SHE affects social and economic change for girl/women in Rwanda. By producing locally-sourced go! pads through our patented process, SHE has effectively reduced the price of pads for women and girls by 29% compared to domestic alternatives.
SHE works to unleash the potential of people and their communities as well as to launch entrepreneurs, activate groups who are often marginalized, and fund ideas that are overlooked and taboo. SHE is shifting the discourse on international development and altering the paradigm of achieving social justice.
By the end of 2016, over 10,000 unique women and girls had access to our product. We partnered with global health company Johnson and Johnson and developed new technology that puts us on track to deliver the goals we set in the coming years. This new technology automates several time-consuming parts of our production process, and ultimately will create 10X as quickly and efficiently (from 1,000 pads/day to 10,000 pads/day). We have begun rolling out this technology and will be expanding its use within Rwanda in 2017, which will allow us to reach our goal.