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The African Girl Foundation was founded by siblings Rajeev & Riya Sharma. They are firm believers in the power of education to eradicate poverty in Africa, particularly for women. It came to their attention that a domestic worker was routinely and mysteriously missing work. When asked about her absence, she revealed an embarrassing truth: she could not afford disposable sanitary pads.

Feeling ashamed about her situation resorted to risking her very livelihood in order to avoid the stigma and embarrassment that can come along with menstruation. Her story is one that thousands of Kenyan girls and women live with every single day.

Rajeev & Riya sat down with their father, a textile engineer, to create a safe, effective and reusable sanitary pad. And so the African Girl Foundation was born.

The foundation has now partnered with a social enterprise that employs women to make reusable sanitary pads as part of their livelihood.

The resulting product is the Malaika Kit, a reusable sanitary kit that is safe, hygienic and easy to use, making it sustainable for our girls.

Just one Malaika Kit can help a school girl overcome the stigma surrounding menstruation for over a year. The Malaika Kit isn’t just a kit – it’s a sustainable solution to empowering our girls for a better tomorrow

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