Our Products

We produce a variety of washable, biodegradable, 100% cotton, cloth pads. Our product range currently includes daytime and nighttime pads, panty liners, and liner holders. We have developed two Pad Kits to meet your needs during your cycle – the Deluxe Pad Kit and the Trial Pad Kit.

For every Deluxe Pad Kit purchased, PadMad donates one of our pads to a girl in need. This is in an effort to keep as many girls in school and away from transactional sex.

We are proud to announce that on the 18th January 2020 our Pads were approved by Calidatex in all 5 categories tested.

Our Product
• We use 100% natural cotton material which is breathable and friendly to the skin.
• The cotton we use is much easier to clean and reuse hygienically.
• PadMad pads last at least TWO years.
• Distribution of long-lasting reusable pads hugely saves logistic resources and bridges delivery gaps within the distribution chain therefore decreasing overall long-term costs.
• Alternatives e.g. 12 month life cycle reusable pads made of synthetic fleece and Polyurethane Laminate( PUL) are essentially not biodegradable and cause irritations and skin rashes in private parts especially if used in hot climates like Kenya. Using natural cotton PadMad pads with eco-friendly dye reduce cramps and cause less heat rashes and skin irritations.
• Our design of aesthetic looking pads with colorful Kenyan designs ensure regular usage.
• The two sizes (large and regular) and thickness of pads (to avoid leaks), reversible design with wings ensures confidence of use within the beneficiaries.
• We include a reusable bag for carrying soiled pads making it possible for the girl to change her pads in school and therefore stay in class.
• These pads are made in Kenya using Kenyan raw material and are therefore supporting many livelihoods in marginalized areas. This leads to reduction in imports of menstrual products due to local manufacturing.
• PadMadembraces: “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya” and “By Women, For Women”.
• They are more cost effective than disposable pads in the long run.
• We provide essential education regarding Menstrual Health Management (MHM) and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), good hygiene, and significance of negative impact on environment when using disposable alternatives.

• PadMad:
• Reduces absenteeism of menstruating girls in school, because they can reuse PadMad pads over years and feel comfortable coming to school without leaks and shame. Our program has benefited thousands of girls across Kenya.
• Empowers girls and women to manage their menstrual cycles safely and sustainably.
• Improves and maintains dignity of women and girls.
• Encourages gender equality by raising awareness with our inclusive programs which help boys understand about women’s health, their  sexual rights and also helps larger communities support equal opportunity.
• Educates and strengthens boys and girls on Menstrual Health Management and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights knowledge, resulting in health and social benefits.
* Over two years, 480 disposable pads or tampons per person are saved from ending up in the landfill!
• Aims to reduce recurrence of Reproductive Tract infections (RTIs) and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). These infections are usually caused when girls and women resort to using unhygienic alternatives during menstruation, e.g. mattresses, old rags, etc.
• Addresses social and cultural taboos surrounding menstruation.
• PadMad reusable sanitary pads combat and curb wide-spread menstrual related transactional sex.
• Encourages the usage of eco- friendly, biodegradable and reusable pads vis-à-vis disposable pads. This will reduce longterm waste and clog. Disposable pads take 600-800 years to decompose vs cotton pads which take 6 months.
• Reduces the risk of cramps, infections and skin irritations which can be caused by synthetic material (reusable pads are sometimes made from this) and toxic chemicals such as dioxin, Bisphenol A and Bisphenol B (BPA/BPB) which are present in disposable pads. PadMad pads are made of 100% natural cotton with eco-friendly dye.
• Manufactures affordable, long – lasting, reusable pads and improves accessibility for women and girls within different demographics.
• Production of PadMad pads locally empower women economically and enhance local economic activity, as well as render PadMad locally sustainable. It also reduces need for importation.
• Ensures we work progressively with our private sector partners to be able to maintain holistic approaches to the period-poverty problems such as partnering with water solutions company to provide accessibility to clean water within communities.

How to use pads

Click the link to watch a short video on how to care for your pads.

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Who makes the pads

Our all female production team is trained to stitch our high quality, absorbent and reusable pads. Most of these women come from underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds. The PadMad initiative empowers these women by creating an opportunity for them to develop some skills and earn a living. Our team works to ensure that high quality pads are delivered to you

Making Pads, Padmad

Testimonials

Access to Menstrual Products in School.

Every Child has the right to go to school but many girls often miss school during their periods because they don’t have access to menstrual products. This World Children’s Day we are advocating for the rights of Every Child and are excited to share PadMad partnering with @UNICEFKenya GenUnlimited Reporters EzraYego, Francisca Ndinda Ndunge and Diya Chopra’s film on how accessibility to sanitary products affects school attendance for many girls in Kenya

Documentary by Madhvi Dalal.

Documentary for PadMad highlighting the lack of affordability and accessibility to sanitary pads leading to girls missing school and going in to transactional sex for pads.

The reusable pads you gave me have done a great change in my life. For instance, I can say that it has saved my parents cost of buying the disposable pads. They have also made me comfortable as now I can concentrate most on my studies than always thinking how I will manage to buy the pads.

Lady in need

From us Kanaani girls we say thanks because you helped us from skin rashes and other problems. Thanks for also helping us to know how to make them. Thank you and come back again.

Lady in need

Mmm! How happy I am. Your pads have helped me so much. The pads prevent me from infection. They only pads that I will be using for all my life!

Irene Mijthe

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