On the 21st of February 2013, Chase Group Foundation and ZanaAfrica Group launched ‘The Nia Network’, a mobile application to coordinate national sanitary pad distribution in Kenya – the first of its kind.
It is estimated that 850,000 girls miss school every month due to a lack of sanitary pads. With 43% of Kenyans under 15 years old, the need is growing every year. For 2012, The Nia Network documents nearly 260,000 girls receiving over 18M sanitary pads and over 900,000 underpants by only eight distributors across over 2500 schools – representing nearly 30% of the girls needing pads.
ZanaAfrica is a social enterprise that creates opportunity for women and girls to thrive in East Africa through delivery of sanitary pads coupled with health education. They believe sanitary pads are a basic human right and engage in three inter-related programs to achieve this goal: making sanitary pads, delivering health education, and informing pro-girl policy.