6 Simple Ways to Save the World
Big Problem: UNHYGIENIC PERIODS
In Rwanda, 18 percent of menstruating girls miss, on average, 35 days of school each year because they can't afford pads. (So they'd rather stay home than endure the embarrassment.) Some resort to alternatives like rags, leaves, and mud. Not surprisingly, these materials put girls at risk for reproductive-tract infections.
Simple Solution: A CHEAPER MAXI PAD
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), founded by Harvard Business School graduate Elizabeth Scharpf, and based in Rwanda, makes pads out of banana tree fibers for just 4 cents apiece. But the production costs are borne almost entirely by donors. SHE currently donates the pads to more than 3,000 girls in 10 schools.
SHE welcomes volunteers and donors. Visit sheinnovates.com for more information.