Based in Nigeria

Alora Reusable Pads

A For-profit with social mission

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Organization Details

Alora Reusable Pads are committed to making menstrual hygiene products accessible and affordable for menstruating women and girls in remote rural areas, where other alternatives are scarce and unaffordable. This social enterprise produces tropical weather-friendly, economically sustainable, and reusable sanitary pads designed to meet the unique needs of last-mile communities. 

In addition to providing affordable menstrual hygiene supplies, they firmly believe in comprehensive menstrual health education. Through a peer educator approach, they educate women and girls about sexual and reproductive health rights, empowering them with knowledge and fostering healthy hygienic practices. Additionally, by engaging local women in their economic activities of production and distribution, they not only increase access to menstrual hygiene supplies but also create income-generating opportunities, contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development within these communities

Impact Story

About 20 million women in rural Nigeria do not use sanitary pads during menstruation. In
urban slums, many girls lack access to affordable sanitary pads. Most families on less
than a $1/day cannot afford the alternative imported disposable pads, hence, resorting to
unhygienic materials (rags, leaves) for their menstruation, exposing them to infections; or
they simply do not attend school for 4-5 days while menstruating. UNFPA estimates that
only 56.7% of the 17 million Nigerian girls aged between 10 and 19 have primary education
while 45.7% have secondary education. Similarly, the National Democracy & Health Survey
2013, revealed that girls make 60% of 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Without access to proper menstrual products, a lot of girls miss classes, become less
productive and are at a higher risk of Gender-Based Violence. They trade sex for pads
with men, twice their age, exposing them to early pregnancies, abortions, HIV/AIDS, &
sexually transmitted infections.

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