THE BEGINNING OF SUSTAINABLE HEALTH ENTERPRISES

In 2008, Elizabeth and three MIT students headed to Rwanda with a blender in their backpacks.  What they came away with was a sustainable plan to tackle an urgent, global problem: girls’ and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads.

HOW DID WE DISCOVER THIS PROBLEM?

As a Harvard graduate student, Elizabeth learned of this phenomenon among factory workers in Mozambique while working at the World Bank. According to one factory owner, 20% of her employees were missing work on regularly, up to 30 days a year, because of menstruation.The reason: pads cost more than a day’s wages.

LET’S DO THE MATH FOR RWANDA – THE 5 YEAR BLOOD COST:

2.8 mil <br> menstruating <br>females

2.8 mil
menstruating
females

$215 <br> in lost income per female per year

$215
in lost income per female per year

18% <br>miss school because no affordable pads

18%
miss school because no affordable pads

$115 mil <br>potential loss in GDP per year

$115 mil
potential loss in GDP per year

Elizabeth launched SHE and soon joined forces with a global network of technical, program, and business partners. With our first initiative, the SHE28 campaign, we are actively debunking the myth that donated pads is a long-term solution to this problem.

HEAR THE STORY FIRST-HAND

Our Team

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Elizabeth Scharpf

Founder & Chief Instigating Officer

Connie Lewin

Director of Strategy

Jeannette Murekatete

Health & Hygiene Manager

Yvonne Krywyj

Head of Business Operations, Rwanda

Marie-Louise Umulisa

Logistics Officer

Flora Ufitinema

Marketing and Research Associate, Rwanda

Eric Ndayishimiye

Production Manager

Danielle Raso

Business Development Associate

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Michelle Clayman

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners

Suzy Ganz

CEO, Lion Brothers

Sheila Hollender, Board Chair

Co-Founder, Seventh Generation

Jean Nganji

Project Manager, Kronos Inc.

Brinda Wiita Ph.D., MBA

President, Open Mind Innovation LLC

Elizabeth Scharpf

Founder and Chief Instigating Officer, SHE

 

OUR PARTNERS

aren’t just people you swing around on the country music dance floor.

They are invaluable in helping us develop our blueprint that we will scale around the world. Below are some of our key partners: