About | KHANA

Khana is on a mission to ensure every girl has the panties she needs to manage menstruation and stay in school. 

 WE BELIEVE
When a girl's basic needs are met, she can focus less on surviving in the world and more on transforming it.

BUT, WITHOUT A SOLUTION TO MANAGE MONTHLY CYCLES,

Over 8 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss one week of school every month. Many girls drop out entirely once they start their period. While access to affordable pads has increased, access to affordable panties has not. Without panties to hold pads in place, the struggle to manage menstruation continues.

COULD SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A PAIR OF PANTIES KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL?

We think so. This is why we started Khana. By partnering with a nonprofit specializing in reusable-pad distribution and women’s health education, we ensure girls have the panties they need to manage menstruation and stay in school.

New field studies show period-proof panties may not be the most sustainable way for girls in the developing world to manage menstruation. Issues such as lack of private latrines and the inaccessibility of clean water caused us to reevaluate our giving model. While Khana will still manufacture panties in Uganda, they will no longer be “period-proof”. Instead, we are designing panties to be used alongside reusable pads — a more sustainable solution. We are excited to officially announce our partnership with Days for Girls! By including Khana panties in Days for Girls period kits (shown in video), which have been thoughtfully designed in light of Uganda’s unique challenges, we are ensuring girls have *all* the tools they needs to manage menstruation and stay in school.

Posted by Khana on Thursday, March 7, 2019