A Kit that Allow Girls to Wash, Dry and Carry Reusable Sanitary Pads.
Sohyun Kim Mariko Higaki Iwai Tatijana Vasily
Charlotte Wong Benjamin Freedman
The goal of this project is to generate new thinking for radically affordable tools that can be leveraged for the economic advancement of adolescent girls, unleashing the girl effect. We focus on the challenge of creating and refining tools that are relevant to communities across the globe.
Menstrual Cycle is Taking Over Girls' Life
Social stigma, and lack of sanitary items:
Girls miss school or even drop out completely
Can't thoroughly wash or dry reusable pads:
Cause reproductive infections and illnesses
Lack of privacy:
Can't workaround during menstrual bleeding
Lack of social support due to taboos:
Loose confidence to be who she wants to be
A Kit that Allow Girls to Wash, Dry and Carry Reusable Sanitary Pads
Attend school during menstrual bleeding without worrying about others finding out
Able to fully wash and dry reusable sanitary pads every day during menstrual bleeding
Able to wash, dry and carry sanitary pads without being visible to public
Planting the seed to change the mindset towards menstrual cycle to be socially acceptable
During this project, we didn't get the opportunity to do primary research like as visiting girls worldwide living in poverty. Instead, we obtained insights from Nike Foundation and Fuseproject who have done field research. In addition, we have read related articles and papers as secondary research.
Only 10% of girls are using disposable pads since their family cannot afford them
Faith dried other women's rags in her hut since she did not live with men. Rags that are hung inside will not fully dry and can evolve into a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Nicholas Kristof NY Times 2011
School hand-washing station is located between the female and male toilets, offering no privacy to girls for washing menstrual leaks or stains.
- WASH MHM Conference 2012
Cloth is hung out to dry in a dark corner away from the sight of men. Women advise one another: “Hide the cloth. If men see it, they will lose their sight.”
- Lakshmi Murthy 2006
- Less water
- Use less energy
- Easy to wash
- Fun to wash
Carrying Case Criteria:
- Eliminate Odor
- Invisible Outside
- Dries fast
Spinning washer mock-up
Test 1: Ketchup & Soysauce, Successfully came out with salt & baking powder
Test 2: Animal Blood, Successfully came out with salt & baking powder
Challenge: Sealing and Safety