It is estimated that 850,000 girls miss school every month due to a lack of sanitary towels. With 43% of Kenyans under 15 years old, "studies show that girls who receive sanitary towels and related health education win back 75% more school attendance (approximately 6 weeks). If we can coordinate our efforts to reach all the girls who need sanitary towels, we could raise up a generation of educated girls who could break the generational cycle of poverty,” said Mrs. Megan Mukuria, CEO and Founder, ZanaAfrica.
On 21st February 2013, Chase Group Foundation and ZanaAfrica Group launched The Nia Network, a mobile application to coordinate national sanitary towels distribution.
The Nia Network solves two of the biggest challenges facing donors and distributors of pads in Kenya today – a lack of central coordination and a lack of real-time, accurate data to assess the impact the sanitary towels give to a Kenyan girl’s education.
“Partnering with ZanaAfrica ties in to our aspiration of being in the forefront of women empowerment, as women are the core pillar of our society”, said Mr. Duncan Kabui, CEO, Chase Bank.