Updated on December 18, 2023

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Created on August 27, 2015

go! Pads

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The go! Pad is a sanitary pad comprised of banana fibers and agro-waste produced by Sustainable Health Enterprises.

Developed By
  1. Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE)
Tested By
  • North Carolina State University
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

The go! Pad is a sanitary pad comprised of banana fibers and agro-waste produced by Sustainable Health Enterprises.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price

$0.03

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Saathi Pads.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Large-scale pilot production. Mostly manufactured in own community factory to be cut, carded, washed, fluffed, and solar dried.

Intellectural Property Type

Patent

User Provision Model

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.

Distributions to Date Status

793,590 go! pads are made and sold by may 29th , 2019.

Absorbency types

Maxi

Absorbent base materials

Banana stem fibers

Usability Features

Unknown

Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

N/A

Replacement Components

Single-use product

Lifecycle

Disposable and biodegradable

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include: low-cost, eco-friendly, and local production

Vetted Performance Status

Unknown

Safety

The pad needs to be changed after every 10 hours.

Complementary Technical Systems

N/A

Academic Research and References

Compliance with regulations

Recognized and promoted by Government of Rawanda

Evaluation methods

Field trials and use acceptance testing

Other Information

None

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