Elizabeth Scharpf: Essential Entrepreneur

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A simple lack of menstrual pads keeps many women and girls in developing nations home from work and school. Scharpf’s Sustainable Health Enterprises supports entrepreneurs in Rwanda and other countries in devising sustainable pads.

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“Eighteen percent of girls in Rwanda miss, on average, 35 days of school every year due to their periods and ineffective pads and the embarrassment and ridicule that ensues,” according to Fast Company’s profile of Elizabeth Scharpf. The “blood cost” of young African women was Scharpf’s reason for founding the she28 campaign, which aims to supply 1 million women with pads made from banana leaves. Keep up to date with Scharpf’s humanitarian enterprises on the SHE blog, Twitter, or Facebook.

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