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Elizabeth Scharpf

Entrepenuer & Activist
Rwanda

Elizabeth Scharpf
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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