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?
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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.