Statistics indicate that 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford sanitary pads while 42% of school going girls have never used sanitary pads. Most of them seek unhygienic homemade alternatives such as rags, pieces of mattress, blankets, tissue paper and cotton wool. Additionally, some school-going girls miss up to 25% of a school year due to periods.
M-PESA Foundation committed KES. 21 million to benefit 180,000 needy girls with 3 months supply of sanitary towels as part of M-PESA Foundation’s KES 44 million menstrual hygiene programme. The programme’s other element includes providing another 30,000 teenage girls in Murang’a, Siaya and Kilifi Counties with sexual and reproductive health education in order to reduce teen pregnancies and improve menstrual care.