Improving the Lives of African Women One Pad at a Time
Dr. Jennifer Woolley
Dr. Laura Hauff
Dr. Teresia Mbari Hinga
Action Research Findings
The fellows accomplished a set of objectives in order to assist BanaPads Limited in scaling its impact. The first objective was to assess current health education materials and to create a Sales Training Manual with a health education emphasis. The second objective was to assess current data retrieval methods and needs, and to generate a proposal for an inventory management SMS app. The third objective was to understand business processes and develop a standardized Business Operations Manual for BanaPads Champions. The fellows completed all objectives, and provided Excel Data training and recommendations for the future success of BanaPads Limited.
Sales Training Manual & Menstruation Management Workshop Manual
Caroline de Bie
After interviewing several customers and Champions, a Sales Training Manual was created to assist new Champions in learning how to best sell their products. The manual contains best practices and advice from successful Champions as well as testimonials from satisfied customers.
Before women are selected to be Champions, they attend two menstruation education sessions. This workshop manual outlines the second session, which outlines how a woman can manage her menstrual cycle and what support she may need from others.
Business Operations Manual
Ty Van Herweg
Research of business processes helped provide the necessary knowledge to generate a standardized operations manual. The manuals will be given to Champions once they have been trained, and will provide a reference for their ongoing entrepreneurial growth.
Champion Guiding Tool Data Processing Manual
As part of their training, Champions conduct handwritten surveys in their community to break the silence about menstruation and also to gather information about the menstruation situations in the community before BanaPads begins selling pads. In order to get a better understanding of the data in the surveys, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets were created to process the data, and this manual explains how to use the spreadsheets.