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Social enterprise tackling period poverty seeks practical support

Lilypads, a student social enterprise tackling period poverty by developing a reusable sanitary pad, has been featured in a global showcase and is seeking practical support.

About Lilypads

Lilypads founder Alison Wood with a reusable sanitary pad.
Can you help Alison and Lilypads with practical support? Credit: Edinburgh Innovations

Lilypads - a social enterprise started by MA Economics alumna Alison Wood during her studies - tackles period poverty and the shortage of sanitary products in Kenya by empowering women in rural communities to sell environmentally friendly sanitary pads, while providing education on sustainable change.

Lilypads (external link)

RISE Showcase 2019-20

Lilypads is one of 16 projects to be featured in the RISE Showcase, a global exposure initiative from Universitas 21, itself a collaborative programme that empowers students and staff from 28 world-class universities to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture international knowledge exchange.

RISE is encouraging individuals to pledge offers of practical support to help Lilypads grow in scale and make a greater positive impact. 

How can you get involved

Lilypads are seeking pledges of practical support and help for their project. Can you:

  • Offer one-off advice or mentoring?
  • Introduce our teams to someone in your network?
  • Collaborate, share resources or offer other support to help accelerate these projects?

Watch a video to find out more about Lilypads and pledge practical support at on the Universitas21 website:

Pledge practical support