"Menstruation has long been stigmatized, and PadHer strives to eradicate these long-held beliefs and misconceptions in a small but decisive way." —Chika Nwaogu

PadHer is a women-led non-profit organization. Our organization educates and mentors young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty via the use of comic books so that they can effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. All of our comic books come with free reusable sanitary pads (3 pads) to help fight against period poverty in Africa, one pair of underwear, and a free unique period bracelet to help them track where they are in their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag

The first issue of the “Girls Only” comic book series titled “First Period” is currently available in EnglishSwahili, and Zulu, with plans to translate it into 50 indigenous African languages by 2023. We want to reach as many girls as possible, and we believe this is a right step in that direction.

Our Core Values

Our Core values are derived from the acronym P.E.R.I.O.D

P

Providing free sanitary pads to young schoolgirls and making them accessible.

E

Educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls on periods and puberty in the most innovative way possible.

R

Raising awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene for young schoolgirls.

I

Instilling the self-confidence that young schoolgirls need to succeed in the future.

O

Obliterating period poverty in Africa.

D

Dispelling long-held myths and misconceptions about periods.

The Team

How do you stay sustainable?

By operating as a social enterprise, PadHer stays sustainable. As a social enterprise, PadHer uses technology to solve period-related issues that can reduce the productivity of women and girls in society. For example, PadHer uses TENS technology to create a wearable, drug-free, instant period pain reliever that produces no side effects. PadHer then uses the profit made from selling these TENS devices to help fight period poverty in Africa. 

PadHer also manufactures and sells high-quality, low-cost reusable sanitary pads and similarly uses the profit made from selling them to help fight period poverty in Africa. For example, for every pad PadHer sells, it donates a free reusable sanitary pad to a young African schoolgirl who can not afford one. 

PadHer is also making period education inclusive by donating one comic book to a young African schoolgirl in an underserved community for every comic book it sells. Visit PadHer.com to know more.

PadHer is a non-profit with a mandate to change the narrative and stigma surrounding periods.

We are looking for Educators/Mentors to teach and mentor young schoolgirls on how to effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. If you think you are a good fit, click here.

Young girls should be taught about periods even before they start menstruating because they can be scared by the sight of their first period if they don’t understand what’s going on.” Chika Nwaogu

We are a team of visionaries and disruptors who are vehemently committed to gender equality and building confidence in our young girls. We are doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways.

I met a lady in Nairobi who told me how she started her period at age eight and never told her parents because she felt she had a problem. As a result, she did not use a pad until she was 12 because she did not know what was wrong with her and could not tell anyone for fear of being judged. 

She used cotton and did not start using pads until girls at school were asked to come forward and get sanitary pads if they had started having their periods. She decided to use the sanitary pads, not knowing if she had her periods or not, as hers were irregular, and she thought they were a problem rather than periods. She even changed schools to keep her friends from finding out what she was going through.

Her story made me understand the importance of period education to young schoolgirls, as many young schoolgirls still face these challenges. This story inspired the creation of PadHer”.

says Chika Nwaogu, PadHer’s founder.

Periods should NEVER stop her. 
Periods should NEVER limit her. 
Periods should NEVER put her at risk. 
Periods should NEVER steal her confidence!

At PadHer, we see an Africa where our young girls are secure in their future, have the freedom to choose their path, and live the life they desire.

VISION

Building an Africa free of period poverty.

MISSION

To provide innovative ways to educate and mentor young African schoolgirls in underserved communities on periods and puberty while making sanitary pads free and accessible.

OUR APPROACH

At PadHer, we take these holistic approaches to support young African schoolgirls in underserved communities: 

Innovative Period Education via Comic books and Workshops

We are educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty using comic books, thus making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching them about periods and puberty.

Making sanitary pads free and accessible

Due to the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial challenges in underserved communities, PadHer gives free reusable sanitary pads (3 pads) to young schoolgirls as we educate and mentor them about periods. We are giving these girls two years of period protection! Our pads also come with one free pair of underwear.

Increasing Menstrual awareness via Period Bracelets

We are increasing menstrual awareness via period bracelets. The period bracelet helps end period stigma as young schoolgirls wear them to show their support, while they also use it to track their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag.