The Founding Circle :

The heart of the MH Hub

The MH Hub Founding Circle


Committed to CONNECTION and COLLABORATION, 

the MH Hub is grateful for the support and guidance from the following partners:

is an innovative funding collaborative investing in early stage markets within women’s and girls health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What value does your organization bring to the MH community?
The Case For Her is a innovative funding collaborative. We have created a learning portfolio focusing on systems change within Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexual Pleasure. We are curios, trailblazing and fast moving.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
We are inspired of working with system entrepreneurs, using Human Centered Design approaches and are firm believers in the power of proximity. We get inspired by all the organizations, big or small, working on changing the opportunities for girls and women, providing them with tools to fully and confidently participate in life.

Visit the Case for Her

is a young, NGO consisting of Public Health, Anthropology, Development and Sociology professionals who are passionate about addressing social issues in Africa related to menstrual health management.

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.

Visit Womena

is a women-owned social mission driven business based in Vancouver, Canada whose goal is to help people have more positive and informed experiences of their period, and by extension, their bodies overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Visit Luna Pads

is a Kenyan-based social enterprise that aims to expand access to quality and affordable sanitary pads in the marketplace in Kenya. The Foundation is a leading voice in elevating menstrual health as a key priority area for advancing the rights of women and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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. ZanaAfrica leverages menstrual 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.</p_

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 and 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.

Visit ZANA AFRICA

is a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Made from 100% soft, medical grade silicone, our menstrual cup is safe, comfortable and hygienic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What value does your organization bring to the MH community? At Ruby Cup, we have, from day one, focused on creating a sustainable and scalable business model that would maximise our social impact potential. We are pioneers in bringing menstrual cups to developing countries and we have created sustainability guidelines to ensure the positive long term impact of all Ruby Cup programmes. We are proof that purpose and profit can work together to improve the quality of life of menstruators around the world.

What other organization, approach, policy, etc. has inspired you most in the MH community?
We are very lucky to have the most wonderful partners. Our Buy One Give One programme is only possible thanks to our strategic donation partners. Their commitment to creating a long term impact is invaluable, as well their community ties when it comes to introducing such a new, and some may say, controversial product. Our partners all have different profiles and areas of expertise. This diversity pushes us to reach far beyond our own organisational boundaries and to learn and grow every day.

Visit Ruby Cup

is a women-led social enterprise based in Tamil Nadu, India. Their goal is to create environmental and social change through revitalising menstrual practices that are healthy, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsive and empowering. They produce and sell washable cloth pads, provide menstrual health education and open dialogues on menstruation all along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 {347c2fa318643cf4df6be90c36384358a4f33630c7f75e6e53e7994897be4566}22problem to be solved{347c2fa318643cf4df6be90c36384358a4f33630c7f75e6e53e7994897be4566}22. 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.

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. Dasra has also done great work to map the ecosystem and try and help foster partnership development and gain perspective on the sector. 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. 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.

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!). Since butterflies also contribute to the health of the planet as pollinator, we see ourselves as pollinators in this MH ecosystem.

Visit Eco Femme

is a mobile store built specifically for women in Africa, offering health and personal care products such as facial creams, sanitary pads and contraceptives. Using Kasha, a woman can confidentially order products using any type of mobile phone and receive direct delivery. A social business working to serve women at all socioeconomic levels sustainably, Kasha believes that it is a human right to access critical products for women’s basic female needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Visit KASHA

Medulla works with people who menstruate to help them live a whole, fulfilling life and make informed choices about their health and life-style. They focus on insightful research on the inner laws and patterns of the menstrual cycle’s peculiar energies: their manifestations in the body, mind and soul, and their relationships with the outer world, including other biological cycles, as well as the socio-economic implications, especially in terms of ecology, health and equality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Visit MEDULLA