"Over 800,000 girls in Kenya miss classes up to four days a month during their periods as they cannot afford sanitary pads."
Re-usable sanitary pads
In partnership with Langata Women Prison, Pad Heaven started producing re-usable sanitary pads with an aim of keeping girls in class as well as providing inmates with an economic activity while in prison. We pack the pads in a pack of 6 and sell at Ksh 600.
We have introduced a back to school kit that consist of six pads, three pair of panties , a bar of soap and a menstrual hygiene kit. This is also called a dignity kit, seeing that so many girls in the rural lack undergarments while growing up.
Disposable sanitary pads
Pad Heaven has also ventured into the production of Kenya’s first bio-degradable pads made from banana fibre. The innovation was developed in partnership with the Kenya Industrial Research and Development institute (KIRDI) in an effort to provide girls with a solution to access affordable pads.
Menstrual hygiene books
Pad Heaven has published a booklet on Menstrual Hygiene Management that covers menstruation, pain management, use and dispose of sanitary pads, diet and hygiene. The booklet sells at Kshs. 150 a book. So far, we have sold over 4,000 copies to organizations around East Africa.