A Show about the Entrepreneurial Life

Elizabeth Scharpf

Founder, Sustainable Health Enterprises

Elizabeth ScharpfWomen in developing countries often do not have access to adequate sanitary protection because such products are prohibitively expensive. As a result, menstruating women miss a significant amount of school and work, which leads to serious economic consequences for women and society overall. Elizabeth Scharpf, founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises (S.H.E), is addressing this issue by helping to create sustainable, low-cost methods of sanitary pad production and distribution. S.H.E emphasizes market-based solutions to social issues in developing countries, and adequate sanitary care is S.H.E’s first initiative.

Jessica speaks with Elizabeth about how she is building S.H.E to focus on sustainable, market friendly solutions to social challenges, from scratch.

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