Sexual And Reproductive Health Rights
To address the issue of menstrual health and the challenges girls and women face regarding access to hygiene and stigma, we launched the Healthy Periods Initiative to provide information, access, and opportunities regarding menstrual health and hygiene in rural communities.
The Healthy Periods Initiative
The Healthy Periods Initiative drives economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. From a grassroots level, we inform, educate and provide resources to assist in developing successful social enterprises that offer safe and affordable sanitary resources for school girls and women in rural communities.
How it's done
We manufacture the Lucky Girl Pads, biodegradable sanitary towels made from virgin wood pulp and soft non, woven. Lucky Girl Pads are manufactured locally in Gulu and sterilized naturally via direct sun and UV light. It is distributed to girls in selected schools at a free cost and through a grassroots structure at a lower price than corporate competitors; they are more readily available and affordable to rural communities. Providing girls with affordable menstrual hygiene products empowers them to go to school all year round and gives them a better future.
The HPI leads to:
Increased education regarding menstrual health.
It has increased health and hygiene.
It increased dignity and self-esteem.
Increased livelihoods thru production.
Decreased costs associated with sanitary products.
It increased school and work attendance.