Elizabeth Scharpf’s Banana Sanitary Pads Are “Mad Absorbent”

Elizabeth Scharpf, a Notre Dame graduate, was recently highlighted in Dispose, an online magazine that give people  disposable cameras and ask them take 27 exposures from the time they wake up till the time they go to ged, with a minimum of one photo per hour, including a self portrait. Needless to say, we not only love Elizabeth and her social enterprise – Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) – but her beautiful and poignant photos.

A local factory in Rwanda where stem fibers from banana leaves are collected to make great alternatives for sanitary pads.

A local factory in Rwanda where stem fibers from banana leaves are collected to make great alternatives for sanitary pads.

Click here to see all of Elizabeth’s photos.

Here is what Dispose had to say about Elizabeth:
“A graduate of The University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School, Elizabeth Scharpf is perhaps best known for founding Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that aims to correct deep-rooted issues in developing countries by working with these countries’ natural resources rather than relying on outside charity. For her spread, Elizabeth takes us on a journey to Rwanda, the first stop for SHE28—SHE’s first venture tackling women’s lack of access to sanitary pads in Africa, Asia, and South America. Since the sanitary pads that are available in these countries are often too expensive, these women—left without the necessary materials for menstruation—miss up to 50 days of school or work per year. To make mattes worse, the topic of female menstruation is considered so taboo and shameful that this harrowing problem is scarcely addressed. In the photos displayed here, the NYC-based entrepreneur takes us to the local factory in Rwanda where stem fibers from banana leaves are collected to make great alternatives for sanitary pads. In a recent tweet, she called them ‘mad absorbent.'”

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