S.H.E. embraces the monthly cycle

Mother Nature Network

Sustainable Health Enterprises, or SHE, teaches African women how to make their own maxi pads so they don’t miss school or work every 28 days.

By Marsha Walton

December 10, 2009

“If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.” — Emily Dickinson
Here’s the Little Thing: Help provide sanitary pads for schoolgirls in developing countries. That keeps them in class during their monthly periods. The young women finish their studies, further their educations, get good jobs, improve the economic stability of their families and communities, get better health care, and, Big Thing: get out of poverty, and live happier lives.
“A simple thing like a 10-cent sanitary pad could be the great lever to drive economic activity,” said Elizabeth Scharpf, founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). As a Harvard grad student researching a project in Africa, Scharpf learned about the problem of girls and women missing school and work because of menstruation.

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.