Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE)
The go! Pad is a sanitary pad comprised of banana fibers and agro-waste produced by Sustainable Health Enterprises.
Rwanda. Sustainable Health Enterprises have received an R&D partnership with Johnson and Johnson to expand reach in 2014.
Traditional methods (ex. reusable cloth), Commercial menstrual pads (ex. Always brand, which can be too expensive for low-income girls and women to afford).
Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.
Promotion of menstrual hygiene.
Young girls, students, (9- to 14-year-old girls)
Large-scale pilot production
Directly from manufacturer at market price. go! Pads are sold to women and schools where they can be given to girls who need them. They also have a monthly donation and sponsorship program.
Unknown. They mention having 7000 pads in stock and stating distribution on the website.
go! Pads are made from banana stem fibers Raw material is cut into small pieces and dried in the sun. It is then re-puffed in special machines and stuffed into individual pads through patented technology before passing through UV sanitation boxes.
Disposable and biodegradable.
The pad needs to be changed after every 10 hours.
Recognized and promoted by Government of Rawanda.
Field trials and use acceptance testing.
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