Produces comfortable sanitary pads from natural agricultural waste materials.
BanaPads are sourced and produced locally using readily available banana pseudostem wastes. The enterprise employs a franchise model led by young rural women to manufacture and distribute the pads. The ﬁnished products are marketed and sold across the region and proﬁts go towards repaying micro-loans, salaries and eventually revenue. Using a door-to-door distribution model, BanaPads employs young female entrepreneurs known as “Champions", providing them with a complete start-up kit of inventory, training and marketing support.
The Global Social Beneﬁt Incubator, a programme developed by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, assists the enterprise in developing business plans and supporting capacity-building and fundraising.
The Social Entrepreneurship Forum a Swedish based “Social Entrepreneurship Outreach Accelerator” provides funding, in-kind support for capacity-building and connects the enterprise with impact investors.
The Global Fund For Children is a non-proﬁt organisation based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children by making small grants to innovative community-based organisations.
The 2013 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.