Feminine hygiene with a triple bottom line
By Plum Alley
June 27, 2014
I met Molly in Philadelphia last month at the ‘Found and Fund’ event hosted by At Media and First Round Capital. Since that day, Molly has raised tens of thousands of dollars for her company Cora using Plum Alley’s crowdfunding platform.
During a trip overseas, Molly learned that hundreds of millions of girls and women were avoiding school or work during their periods. Unable to afford imported sanitary pads, girls and women resort to using old rags, newspaper, animal dung, tree bark, or old mattress, causing infections and humiliating leaks. With a new-found alertness to feminine hygiene, Molly also found that the conventional (non-organic) products used by millions every month, contain pesticides, chemicals, and synthetics that link to cancer, infertility, increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, and other devastating illnesses.
A solution to this two-fold problem, Cora is a triple bottom line company that delivers a customized box of organic tampons, pads, liners, tea, and artisan chocolate to your door by the first of each month. With each box on your doorstep, Cora provides a month’s supply of sustainable sanitary pads to a girl in a developing country who would otherwise miss school during her period. The pads are made from renewable plant fibers in woman-owned and operated manufacturing cooperatives, creating jobs that empower women and re-ignite local economies in the developing world.
Cora is in the last few days of their fundraising campaign, and seeks your help. Whether you choose to spread the word or order a customized box for yourself, seize the opportunity to support a girl in need, while also making a conscious decision to use products that are pure and safe for your body and the environment.