ZanaAfrica Foundation was founded in 2007 by Megan Mukuria, who, while working with Kenyan street children in 2001, learned that sanitary pads were out of reach for 65% of girls, and that they had no related health education to support them through joys and challenges of growing up.
The urgency of this issue led her to start ZanaAfrica in an effort to expand access to sanitary pads and reproductive health education among marginalized adolescent girls. Since 2013, ZanaAfrica has supported over 50,000 girls with sanitary pads, underwear, and rights-based reproductive health education to support their education, health, and psychosocial outcomes.
To support girls and women across their lifetime, in 2008 Megan Mukuria and her business partner Lawino Kagumba founded ZanaAfrica Group as a social enterprise to change the marketplace. ZanaAfrica Group’s product designers innovate affordable, high-quality menstrual health products that support girls and women to be healthy, informed, and boldly live their purpose.
Megan is a graduate of Harvard University and a recognized leader in menstrual health management and sexual and reproductive health and rights education, and brings extensive senior-level leadership experience with nonprofits focused on women, girls, and communities. She currently lives with her family in Nairobi, Kenya, a place she has called home for the past eighteen years.