Santa Clara University

Bbaale Richard '12

BaNaPads Social Enterprise Ltd.

BaNaPads manufactures and provides affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads to rural Ugandan primary school girls. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 menstruating African girls skip school four to five days per month and a survey of Ugandan menstruating girls in 2009 found that "the biggest number of school dropouts are girls because of inconveniences during their menstrual periods." BaNaPads aims to address this problem through manufacturing and distribution of locally-made, affordable sanitary pads made from banana stems.