POLYNOR is in cooperation with AFRIpads improving lives
“1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school”
POLYNOR cares about women's issues, the environment and we are committed to sustainable development. So, when our paths crossed with AFRIpads, we decided to support this Ugandan social business by partnering with them.
Not only does AFRIpads’ reusable design lower cost to a third of disposable pads, it significantly reduces the impact on the environment due to the reduced waste by using these pads.
What is the problem?
Menstruation is one of the most common and uniquely female experiences. Unfortunately, the reality is that around the world millions of girls and women struggle to manage their monthly periods
No more ‘week of shame’
AFRIpads’ exists because we believe menstruation should not be a barrier for any woman, anywhere. Women are the backbone of our societies and they deserve access to safe and dignified solutions to managing their periods, and the freedom to rise to their dreams and achieve their true potential.
Spotlight on schoolgirls
1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school entirely due to a lack of menstrual products and poor access to proper sanitation, according to UNICEF. This critical unavailability of sanitary products in developing countries is a major barrier to education for girls of school-going age. The inability to effectively manage menstruation contributes to absences of up to 4-5 school days each month, equating to as much as 20% of the academic year intentionally skipped, simply due to menstruation. Eventually many of these girls drop out of school entirely, increasing their likelihood of teen pregnancy health complications and early marriage, and further limiting their future career and economic opportunities.
The Solution: AFRIpads Menstrual Kits
AFRIpads Menstrual Kits are reusable sanitary pads designed to provide superior feminine hygiene protection and comfort at approximately 30% of the total cost of a one year supply of disposable sanitary pads.
AFRIpads Menstrual Kits are made from high-performance textiles and provide effective protection for 12+ months (menstrual cycles), making them a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution. The design is an “all-in-one” pad that buttons securely into a pair of underwear. After use, the pad folds conveniently for easy storage before washing. AFRIpads are ultra-absorbent, natural and unscented.
Ultra-absorbent design for heavy flow
Extra soft & comfortable
Easy to fold & carry
Use & care instructions included
A set of 4 reusable sanitary pads, plus 1 storage bag
AFRIpads is a social business that specializes in the local manufacture and global supply of reusable sanitary pads as a cost-effective, feminine hygiene solution. AFRIpads’ unique business model creates empowerment and value-add in both the manufacturing and distribution of the product.
All AFRIpads products are manufactured locally in Uganda, where over 200 people - 96% of whom are women - have gained meaningful employment.
To date, AFRIpads has enabled over two million women and girls to live more hygienic, comfortable and productive lives through our simple product innovation.
These products are distributed by NGOs and international relief agencies around the world, as well as by direct consumer purchases in Uganda.
Please contact POLYNOR for further information and prices.