Irise Uganda Ltd
Irise Uganda Limited is a social enterprise based in Jinja, Uganda. It was founded by UK registered charity Irise International and Uganda registered Community Based Organisation Revelation Children’s Ministries International in response to the concerns of women and girls about the impact lack of an affordable sanitary product was having on their lives. Market research revealed that 50% of girls in East Africa are using inadequate sanitary materials, including dirty rags and bits of mattress, some or all of the time and report missing school during menstruation. Irise Uganda Ltd produces an affordable reusable sanitary pad (Easy Pad) and focuses on making this product available in the local community and accessible to all women and girls.Following a successful pilot which engaged 20 women in production and supplied 5,500 girls with pads, the business is looking to establish a sustainable sales strategy based around empowering local women to become entrepreneurs in their own community.