Female Hygiene and Sanitation

Producing female hygiene solutions whilst providing education and sustainable livelihood opportunities for women.


Enabling better female sanitation practices, education, and opportunities for all.

THe Problem

There are many problems associated with limited female hygiene and sanitation. Lack of sufficient education around periods creates a culture of shame, which at best, creates awkwardness and at worst, is outright dangerous. Women often withdraw from everyday activities as a result of this shame. Women rarely get any education about menstruation and conversations tend to be very limited due to the taboo nature of the topic. Sourcing female hygiene products can often be uncomfortable and dangerous for women, as 2 out of 3 sanitary pad users receive them from a male sexual partner.

Naturally, this culture of shame and limited support affects their ability to get a complete education or work consistently with negative economic and social effects in the long term.


Many girls skip school during menstruation or drop out entirely. This increases the chance of early child marriage and teenage pregnancy


Women are stuck at home during menstruation when they would rather go to work or do daily activities.


Many rely on improvised solutions like rags, leaves, or pieces of a foam mattress. These are ineffective, uncomfortable and unhygienic and can lead to health complications and discomfort.


University of Malawi College of Medicine

Blantyre District Health Office

Western Sydney University

Zingwangwa Clinic, Blantyre

Gateway Clinic, Blantyre

The business model

The actual business model is not yet determined, however, the intent is to be able to provide reusable, safe, hygienic underwear that would replace the need for pads,tampons or unsanitary alternatives. Additional to this, the business model would involve a semi-informal female network for sales and distribution, providing sustainable livelihood and increasing awareness.

KEy Value Proposition

Empowering women with better feminine sanitary products that will:
Encourage women to use better sanitary items to decrease the risk of infection and disease
Give women more options so that they aren’t limited during menstruation and can still attend school and work
Increase awareness and educate women about menstruation to try and overcome the cultural taboo
Provide sustainable employment to those delivering the product



Malawi & Timor-Lesté


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