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Our Story


Huru International was founded in 2008 with a simple vision for a world where no girl misses school because of her period. Menstruation and education are inexorably linked and complicated by poverty, gender inequity and misinformation about menstruation and the female body.

Huru has since produced over 1.3 million high-quality sanitary pads, keeping over 165,000 girls and young women in school. In order to empower young women struggling to find formal employment, Huru launched its Skills Transfer Program in 2018.

 

Mukuru

 

Huru was born in Mukuru kwa Njenga, the second-largest informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. While Huru’s Founder, Lorna Macleod, was working in Mukuru on HIV prevention, she found that girls and women faced significant barriers to managing their periods.

Residents of Mukuru live in small corrugated steel homes and lack basic services like electricity, clean water and adequate medical care. High unemployment rates and HIV-positive diagnoses are alarmingly prevalent, while education rates are devastatingly low. Without regular access to clean water or private toilets, girls and women face significant barriers to managing their periods safely, confidently and hygienically.

The poverty experienced by residents of Mukuru has informed much of Huru’s work and programming. Huru has since expanded throughout East Africa, but our roots to Mukuru are still strong, and our facilities remain close by.

 
 

Huru Headquarters


Huru’s state-of-the-art production, packaging and training center is right outside of Mukuru kwa Njenga, in Nairobi, Kenya. Huru Pads and Panties are made in our facilities by local women and men from Mukuru.

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Our Family

All Huru Pads and Panties are produced by local women and men from Mukuru. To date, we’ve hired over 100 local women and men to staff our production and packaging facilities, providing job security in underserved communities.

 
 

Our Leadership

Huru International is run by women, for women. Both our New York and Nairobi Headquarters enjoy female leadership, supported by a passionate and talented staff.

Keep up with our Executive Director, @HuruLorna, and our Country Director, @HuruWanjiru, on Twitter!

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