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Providing girls across Africa with over 1.5 million AFRIpads Menstrual Kits to help keep them in school.

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Paul Grinvalds

Co-founder & Managing Director at AFRIpads

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Employees 101–200
Headquarters Uganda
In sub-Saharan Africa, one in five girls makes it to secondary school, and the onset of puberty and menstruation corresponds directly with the drop in schoolgirl retention and completion. Without access to affordable sanitary protection, millions of girls rely on makeshift solutions to cope with their monthly periods -- solutions like leaves, banana fibers, or used cloth, all of which can lead to infections, embarrassing leaks, and a general lack of dignity in addition to school absenteeism. AFRIpads Ltd. is a local manufacturer and global supplier of reusable, washable sanitary pads that provide a cost-effective feminine hygiene solution. AFRIpads provide both women and girls with complete menstrual protection for more than 12 months at approximately 30 percent of the cost of disposable sanitary pads. Since AFRIpads was established, they have created over 200 jobs and have reached over 2.3 million girls and women with their reusable sanitary menstrual pads.

Currently Operating in 29 Regions

Press Mentions

October 3, 2018

When pads are a luxury, getting your period means missing out on life

May 23, 2018

The plight of adolescent girls in school

May 15, 2018

Uganda: Speaker Asks UN to Buy Pads for Female Refugees

September 29, 2017

Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Special Citation

August 5, 2016

These Startups Are Out To End Global Illiteracy, An Often Ignored Problem

Work at AFRIpads

Posted March 3, 2022

Logistics Manager (Temporary role)

Kampala, Uganda

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Posted February 28, 2022

Regional Business Development Executive

Kampala, Uganda

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Posted February 18, 2022

R&D Manager

Kampala, Uganda

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