The Founding Circle :

The heart of the MH Hub

Period Pioneers


Committed to CONNECTION and COLLABORATION, the MH Hub is grateful for the support and guidance from the following leaders and pioneers in the menstrual health COMMUNITY

LUNA PADS

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
Lunapads is one of the earliest modern innovators in the field of natural menstrual product development and marketing. As social entrepreneurs, we have also been leaders in addressing menstrual health needs in the global south. We bring a broad range of decades-long experience as product designers, impact business leaders and digital marketers.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
AFRIpads is one of Lunapads closest allies, and their Founders, Paul and Sonia Grinvalds, are treasured friends and colleagues. While their products were originally inspired by Lunapads and we have enjoyed a peer mentor relationship since 2008, AFRIpads has long since surpassed our scale. Fun fact: in 2013, Lunapads became a shareholder in AFRIpads!

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
Lunapads possesses deep wisdom, a creative spirit and an unwavering vision and commitment to our work. I'm thinking an owl!

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KASHA

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
Kasha has expertise in technology and logistics in an effort to bring a variety of affordable products into the hands of people. Our consumer-focused technology is optimized for women and we have experience building scalable and widely accessible technology solutions that collect large amounts of data. We have experience as a social business operating in East Africa (Rwanda) and sustainable business models that drive great social impact.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
We are just now getting introduced and we are very excited to meet others in this community. We have been introduced to WoMena and Femme International and we are eager to learn from these organizations the best practices in introducing menstrual cups in Rwanda.

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
A tigress. A female tiger is determined with a strong vision and sense of where she's headed. She's not afraid to move into unknown places. She’s empowered and stands strong despite the chaos of nature around her. In our case, the chaos of nature is the market and the social systems that exist in the world today.

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WOMENA

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
We apply a holistic approach by which reproductive health, innovations, including reusable menstrual health products and education can be introduced and institutionalised with a context.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
All of our wonderful partners provide inspiration and learning in different and diverse ways, from pioneering social enterprises such as Ruby Life and AFRIpads to organisations such as Welthungerhilfe and Marie Stopes Uganda that have identified a need to address MHM and work to integrate solutions into existing structures.

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
The mighty ant, small, nimble and draws strength from working collaboratively with others

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MEDULLA

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
Medulla brings integrity of information, respect for differences, a broad vision of the macrocosm and its connections to the microcosm.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
I find very valuable the diverse network of complementary views and approaches

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
A spider for its skills, resilience and sensitivity (through the spider web that connects all and feels everything) often disguised under unappealing or even scary shapes.

ZANA AFRICA

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
Imagine a world where all girls reached their potential. Every. Single. Girl.
At ZanaAfrica, we believe this is possible. We know that girls are inherently powerful and that with the right support, they can step into the promise of their future.
We see the potential in each and every girl and believe in a collective humanity. We know that in order for a girl to thrive, that she requires the full support of her family, her community, and her country. With that in mind, we offer a holistic solution that considers the entire ecosystem in which a girl lives. Through our programs we create innovative rights-based menstrual and reproductive health education, we expand access to menstrual health products, and encourage communities and policy makers to break the silence around menstruation so that it is celebrated and not shamed.
Supporting programs in Kenya for nearly a decade, ZanaAfrica Foundation is a US-based 501c3 who serves over 10,000 girls each year with sanitary pads and reproductive health education, while leading global policy and advocacy efforts to de-stigmatize menstruation. We work arm-in-arm with our Kenya-based social business partner, ZanaAfrica Group who manufactures and distributes high quality menstrual health products through the marketplace using aspirational brands designed for women by women, creating safe spaces to learn about health and reclaim dignity.
Founded by Megan White Mukuria and Lawino Kugumba in 2007, ZanaAfrica leverages sanitary pads paired with reproductive health education as a combined intervention for women and girls’ development. We uniquely recognize that this powerful combination is one of the smallest hinges to unlock girls’ potential and break cycles of poverty.

What value does your organization bring to the MH community? What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
All of our wonderful partners provide inspiration and learning in different and diverse ways, from pioneering social enterprises such as Ruby Life and It would be too difficult to select just one individual or organization that has inspired us the most! Rather, we are inspired by all of the passionate and dedicated organizations, enterprises, activists, and community leaders that are striving to create a world where menstrual health management is recognized as a basic human right. We are so thrilled to be part of the MH Hub Founding circle and can’t wait to share ideas an learn from other members of the MH ecosystem.

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
ZanaAfrica’s spirit animal is the Butterfly. We are inspired by and value long-awaited transformations and growth. We support girls as they journey through the tremendous metamorphosis of adolescence and become unique and vibrant individuals who spread their wings and soar to their potential.

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PERIOD

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
We celebrate, normalize, and serve periods. We are a global organization that brings people from many different backgrounds together to fight for equitable access to menstrual hygiene and against the stigma around periods. Additionally, we empower youth to take the lead in this movement by putting them in leadership roles and pushing them to innovate in their own communities. By combining local knowledge with national consistency, we maximize the power of youth service to help people with periods. A value at our core as an organization is collaboration, especially across cultural and societal divides. What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng's work around menstrual health policy truly inspires PERIOD as we move into policy advocacy. Congresswoman Meng has introduced a bill that, among other things, would ensure that menstrual health products are available to people in prisons who need them and that homeless shelters could use emergency funding from the federal government to buy menstrual products. We admire her progressive thinking about this, and also that she called legislators of all genders to support the bill. We are excited to see where the bill goes in the future!

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
Red Panda

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ECO FEMME

What value does your organization bring to the MH community? We approach our work with women and girls holistically. We do not over-simplify menstruation and reduce it to a health "problem to be solve. We exercise curiosity, not judgment and recognize that, when it comes to culture, we are open to the way individual women specifically relate to menstrual practices and the meanings they have for he. We connect our love of the earth with the care and respect for women bodies. We work collaboratively and non-competitively; we have tried to form alliances with companies producing sustainable menstrual products and join with them on campaigns that support the greater good of our shared mission and have a partnership model for spreading work.Our knowledge is freely shared and we are responsive to inquiries from within India and beyond to help others to replicate what we are doing to combine education and sustainable menstrual practices and always eager to learn!

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
Within India, really find the approach of Project KHEL and their work to destigmatize menstruation innovative and inspiring. We appreciate Lakhsmi Murthy for her pioneering efforts to innovate and bring cloth pads to the market. I think the work currently happening by The MH Alliance (multi-stakeholder group based out of Delhi to create a truly open platform for collaboration and forging a collective alliance) has a lot of integrity and merit - really appreciated their recent efforts to present a common voice to reduce the GST on sanitary products in India. Dasra has also done great work to map the ecosystem and try and help foster partnership development and gain perspective on the sector. Think that the work of the sustainable menstruation Kerala collective and Green the Red campaign are doing great work and is an interesting model for community based models of participation in shifting culture. Internationally there are many inspired individuals and approaches. The work of the Red School is pioneering when it comes to advancing the work of encouraging menstrual cycle literacy and has inspired us a lot. Chris Bobel's work is also ground breaking to bring an academic and global perspective to the movement and she asks good questions and has a nuanced understanding. The SMCR is doing very important work globally as is the MH Hub!

What is your organization’s spirit animal?
A butterfly, because it embodies transformation and this is what we are about - transforming the worldview about menstruation in society (and in the process transforming and emerging ourselves!). The quality of beauty is also very important to us and butterflies contribute to the health of the planet as pollinators and we see ourselves as pollinators in this MH ecosystem.

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