PRIDE sanitary Pad was established in Ghana by RECFAM as a social enterprise to fill a very important need for sanitary napkins to keep girls in rural areas in schools, prevent parents from forcing young girls into early marriage when they start menstruating, reduces the rate parents ignorantly give their girl child out to traffickers to take to cities (trafficking/rural-urban migration) where they end-up being exploited, promote gender equality among others.
RECFAM produces organic and biodegradable sanitary pads – PRIDE Pads – out of banana/plantain fiber for rural girls and women who lack access to proper menstrual hygiene products and education in impoverished communities in Ghana.
RECFAM collaborates with the Ghana Education Service and other stakeholders to distribute Pride sanitary pads to rural girls/women directly in Ghana along with menstrual hygiene education and campaign to destigmatize menstruation. The community empowerment programs through gainful supply of the banana/plantain fiber and the sale of pads allows RECFAM to engage whole persons through embracing whole families and communities.
Access to safe menstrual hygiene products is not a privilege; it is a right. We ensure that girls and women in Ghana have access to affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly sanitary pads in order to increase school attendance and gender equality. We also provide education and work to destigmatize this natural and healthy process of the female body.