To think that something as simple as a girl’s monthly cycle was adding to various worldwide issues like poverty, disease and food shortages, was simply astounding.
For every pair of THINX underwear we sell, AFRIpads manufactures seven (7) washable, re-usable cloth pads for those in need,
which not only creates jobs that drive the local economy and keep women feeling self-sufficient, empowered, and engaged in life
but it also helps girls stay in school to have a better chance at becoming productive members of society.
 The World Bank has put concrete numbers on the menstruation problem. If a girl misses 4 days of school every 4 weeks due to her period, she will miss 10 to 20 percent of her school days
(Mooijman et al. 2005; Varina Tjon A Ten 2007).
Rather than risk the embarrassment of menstruating through their clothes, many girls stay home from school. This can lead to them falling behind in their studies and possibly dropping out of school altogether 6. (Obae, A.N. (2008), Helping Tonga girls stay in school. A report on the water project and plight of the girl child for Tonga girls. Osienala, Friends of Lake Victoria, Kisumu, Kenya.)