K A L I T A S H A – BY LIITA YALOO CAIRNEY
In Sub-Saharan Africa, a large proportion of a woman’s education and working life can be interrupted by menstruation, because of limited access to effective and affordable sanitary products. Liita Iyaloo Cairney, founder of Kalitasha, wants to tackle these issues for women in the developing world.
According to UNICEF, 77% of girls in Nigeria have no place at school to change their sanitary materials. It is estimated that some girls in Africa miss up to 10 per cent of their education because they don’t have access to the right products.
With support from LAUNCH.ed, Edinburgh Innovations’ service for student entrepreneurs, Liita won a SMART proof-of-concept grant. This was followed by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and private investment, which allowed Liita to test her ideas and create a prototype.