Flo aims to help poor young girls manage their monthly period discreetly so as not to disrupt their schooling

Girls living in poverty not only have to deal with financial woes. When their menstrual period starts, it creates a problem for 12-year-old girls who go to school without the means to buy and use disposable sanitary pads. Mariko Higaki Iwai from the Art Center College of Design developed Flo, a menstrual pad design that will allow the girls to use reusable pads and wash them easily.

Flo was developed with the motivation to allow girls to be confident despite the inconvenience that menstruating can present. Ninety percent of young adolescent girls still use reusable pads in impoverished communities due to the inability to buy disposable pads. But that’s not all, these young girls also have to deal with the problem of washing their sanitary pads discreetly.

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