KENYA/SWEDEN KARIN LISMAN ao: JaniPad (2009-ONGOING)

TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE _

Roughly 900,000 girls in Kenya miss four days of school every month due to a lack of sanitary pads and underwear. A group of Swedish students developed a solution for that problem by also addressing another one, the all too abundant growth of the hyacinth water plant that seasonally spreads over rivers and lakes in Kenya, causing enormous environmental and economic havoc.

So thick are the hyacinth weeds that blanket the shoreline of the Kenyan rivers and lakes that light can barely penetrate their upper layers and local fishermen are cut off from open waters. Even the fish suffer food shortages. A group of students from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a plan that tries to counteract the scarcity of sanitary pads, by exploiting the water hyacinth’s impressive absorbency, and the fact that it is a natural fiber that can be used in textile- and papermaking. They used it as a basic material for a pad, easy-to-make, inexpensive, and biodegradable. After developing a prototype that was also tested with local schoolgirls, the team is currently collaborating with Village Volunteers, which is also seeking grants to finance a pilot project in Kenya.(mb) www.janipad.com

 

JaniPad will be highlighted by the Mapping the Design World Meeting Point at Reciprocity, the Design Biennial for Social Innovation in Liege, Belgium, from October 5 through October 28 2012, and will also feature in the accompanying MAP-Mapping the Design World magazine – focusing on some 100 examples of (Do) Good Design from an equal number of countries.

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