Water Sanitation and Hygiene 

GHI has partnered with Hivos Southern Africa to manufacture environmentally friendly sanitary pads using banana pseudostem fiber.

More than 7 million girls in South Africa do not have access to sanitary pads which leads to an average of 4 - 5 days per month of absenteeism from school, with a high rate of school drop-outs.

Having no access to sanitary pads also leads to higher rates of infections, stigma and discrimination and gender based violence.

The project has the following elements:

  • Mobile messaging to educate girls on Menstruation and Feminine Hygiene
  • A Social enterprise to empower women - manufacture of the sanitary pads.
  • Environmentally friendly products that are 100% biodegradable.