The vast majority of girls and women in rural Ethiopia lack access to proper menstrual hygiene products.

No girl should have to miss school or risk embarrassment because of their period.

The Mariam Seba Sanitary Products Factory makes simple, effective menstrual pads. They are low cost, environmentally friendly, washable, and reusable. Mariam Seba pads are special because they last for 12-18 months. They are comfortable and made of cotton with a waterproof lining so they are reliable and leak-free. The pads are easy to launder and highly affordable; they cost 85-90 percent less than commercially available single-use pads.  They are also environmentally friendly as there is nothing to dispose of each month.

We are starting a pilot study to distribute free pads and to provide menstrual hygiene education to girls in 15 schools in the 2015-2016 school year.  We hope this will serve as a springboard to allow us to replicate these programs  throughout Ethiopia in the future.  Girls deserve dignity – period.


Earu is working to build a better life for her and her daughter.  READ HER STORY